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Political Power Politics  refers to the processes by which people and groups  acquire and exercise power.  Political power  is power that is  organized and wielded by the state. Types of Government.  Government  can take the form of  totalitarianism,  authoritarianism,  or  democracy,  which is  promoted by a strong  civil society. Political Power in the United States. A constitutional system of government defines and  prescribes the boundaries within which political  power is pursued in the United States. Central to  American political processes are  political parties,  popular electoral participation,  interest-group  lobbying (including  political action committees ),  and the mass media. Models of Power in the United States. Marxist theory holds that political processes are  affected by class interests and conflict. The elitist  model depicts major decisions as being made by a 
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