Chapter 4 - Chapter 4 Defining Power o Power- capacity to...

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Chapter 4 Defining Power o Power- capacity to effect outcomes o Political power- ability to determine or influence decisions or behavior of government officials o Political elites: people who have prominent positions in government or NGOS o Power is relational A has power over B in some cases A beats b A influences b’s behavior A can cause b to do something A can compel b to do something A can affect b contrary to b’s interests A can prevent b from doing something contrary to a B believes a is more powerful Dominance Determine or control political outcomes Maximum degree of political power Influence Capacity to affect government decisions, actions, or behavior without controlling them o Legitimacy Right to rule Usually attached to entire system of government not just one individual Weber’s three types Traditional authority: established belief in sanctity of immemorial traditions Legal-rational authority: belief that legality of rules in right
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course POLISCI 001 taught by Professor Norris during the Spring '11 term at GWU.

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