Chapter 11 Authority and the State

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 11: Authority and the State Types of Legitimate Authority • Authority is the justifiable right to exercise power. Charismatic authority is based on the personal appeal of an individual leader; traditional authority is based on appeals to the past or a long established way of doing things; and legal–rational authority is based on legal, impersonal rules that have been routinized and rationalized. • Bureaucracy is a legal–rational organization or mode of administration that governs by rules and roles and emphasizes meritocracy. Obedience to Authority • The Milgram experiment tested people to see how far they would go in obeying an authority figure. The results showed that obedience to authority is very powerful forms of social control that can make "ordinary" people do unspeakable things. • Authority, Legitimacy, and the State • Per Max Weber, power is the ability to carry out one's will despite resistance and domination is the probability that a command with specific content will be obeyed by a given group of people. Weber also differentiated between domination by economic power and domination by authority, which is the willing obedience of the ruled to the commands of legitimate authority....
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