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What is politics & why is power difficult to define

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What is politics & why is power difficult to define Since man began to talk politics was born, politics is the social study and interaction with another being. Politics is the process and method of gaining or maintaining support for public or common action. Although it is generally applied to governments, politics is also observed in all human group interactions including corporate, academic, and religious. It is also social relations involving authority and power, the study of government and other political units, It is also the study of conflict resolution, in the modern world, people argue over many beliefs, interests and values, the aim of politics is to remove this conflict to produce a general agreement over what people want and what believe is right. So the study of conflict resolution is coming to a compromise so both groups are pleased in one way or another. But this compromise can be achieved in any way, politics can be the art of the possible, it can be about deception, you can define it in many ways because its such a wide spread thing, just about every social interaction uses politics, from two children arguing over a toy, to two world powers arguing over a border dispute, both of those examples are the same, they both involve a conflict, but what makes them different is the consequences and of course, the first example is just two children, and the second, two nations. ...read more.


power that is based on direct threats is called coercion, often governments or intervals don't have to resort to coercion to get their own way, some forms of power are seen as legitimate( fair and right) and people are obedient because of that, for example the laws set by the government that the people are made to obey, they do this because they accept the government as legitimate, power described in this way is called authority. There are three types, one, a traditional authority , people obey rules set because they are established customs for example, the largest party in the house of commons commands , and holds the form of government. The charismatic authority arises from the personality and qualities of a leader, people obey because they believe the leader should be obeyed as a consequence of the qualities they display, such as Winston Churchill during world war two, strong loyalty and pride generated from his orator qualities Lastly, rational legal authority, for example, the government in the U.S.A follows a set of rules called a constitution, and because the laws are written down, the government has to follow them and expects the people of the country to do the same, it is the source of all federal and state authority in the U.S. ...read more.


but mainly the power is dispersed amongst various groups, society is a plurality of groups, groups are a plurality of groups and groups compete for power, no one group denominates , politics in the pluralist theory is bargaining and compromise, and is open to reasonable influence, the governments requires ,response to demand, meaning you have to put something in before you get something out, and the political parties aim to mobilise interest and compete for voter support. Power is so hard to define because it can be explained in many ways, and there is lots of types of power, the most legitimate is the most complex, and that power is only given to you if you put it back in, a coercive theory of power is always putting force into the scheme to stop anyone from taking power, the pluralism theory of power is a balancing act it requires people who don't have power to put respond to government before they can demand response from the government, but overall it is hard to define because of the complexity on who should get power, and how it works from then on, if an elite has power, he has all the control, and do how he wants but pluralism groups work off each other and the government which is a complicated process. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jason Brown ...read more.

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