Chapter 3 Notes
Basic Political Concepts
power: The ability of one person (or group) to get another person (or a group) to act in
accordance with the first persons (groups) intentions.
Resources of power: force, wealth, numbers, organizational skill, lega
Criticisms: there are two faces of power (visible and hidden ). The pluralists concentrate only on
the visible and neglect issues that dont come before a public forum, issues that affect groups
without resources or access. These are called non-decisions.
Representative democracy: A political system in which leaders and representatives
acquire political power by means of a competitive struggle for the peoples vote. This is
the form of government used by most nations that are called democratic. See