• POWER AND AUTHORITY
    GOVERNMENT

    POWER AND AUTHORITY

    POWER Power is the capacity to affect another’s behaviour by the threat of sanction. The sanctions may be negative or positive. Thus, a political leader may have the ability to control the actions of others by promising those who support him wealth or honours, or he may threaten to deny such rewards to those who oppose him. However, sanctions are used if there is non-compliance.   Forms of Power Political power: The elected President or Prime Minister of a state possesses political power. It is the power derived from the people and the constitution. Economic power: An individual in possession of economic resources could use such to influence issues in…

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