Power

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  • Power in Politics
    • The ability to get others to act in a particular way
    • Coercive power (force)
      • Where force or the threat of force is used to stay in power
      • Can involve torture, execution, and terror
    • Usually achieved by...
      • The use of threats and rewards
      • The exercising of authority
    • Political power
      • Where leaders in democratic regimes use persuasion, rewards, and sanctions to retain power
        • Patronage
        • Party whips
    • Influential power
      • Not power itself, but influence over individual's actions, decisions, and opinions
      • Newspapers, public opinion, and trade unions
        • Have influence, but no power to enforce their wishes
    • Mechanisms and processes exist to provide the gov with the authority it needs to manage conflicts

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