Power and Politics - The Pluralist Approach


Power is dispersed among many competing roups

  • Wealth is a factor, but so a prestige, organisational clout ad personal charisma
  • Some power is avaiable to almost everyone
  • The state is a neutral party that reresents the groups of every group within society


  • Key decisions are made by a range of different grous
  • Over time power becomes increasingly diffuse
  • In modern representative democracies there a few direct oppurtnites for the mass of people to become directly involed in making decisios
  • But they can voteor join pressure groups


Power is cocentrated in the hands of a relatively small number of people or groups.



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