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Distinguish between power and authority.

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Distinguish between power and authority To answer this question we must first understand what both Power and Authority actually mean. According to the dictionary (www.dictionary.com) Power comes from the Latin 'potere' which means 'to be able.' Just from this little description we can tell that to have power would mean that you are able to do things. The dictionary then goes on to say that if you have power you can do anything you want, within reason. Authority is the power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge. Authority is also one that is invested with this power, especially a government or body of government officials Both power and authority are closely associated and are sometimes interchangeable, though not always.

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is the powers of the police and the right of Parliament to pass laws, which are then enforced onto the general populace. This is so because the people elected the government into power. These types of authority are not absolute and they overlap continually, e.g. a teacher also has an amount of legal and charismatic power. Authority comes form a number of things and authoritative figures have power over the rest of their peers. The police and armed forces often use physical power. It is the power to kill, move people against their will, or restrain them. Authority can be seen as the use of these powers with a moral or legal right - a police constable and a criminal may both have physical power over people but only one has authority over them.

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The class think that they have a good deal here choosing when to do their prep, but in fact they still have to do the work they just chose when. 3. Manipulating Desires - This third face goes one step further. It suggests that those who exercise power can some times manipulate other people to think that what is about to happen is in their best interests. So to conclude Power is the capacity to achieve goals by any means necessary, whether legal or illegal. Either by means of peaceful persuasion; economic leverage or force or by a contribution of the above. Authority on the other hand is the rightful use of power. It is the exercise of legitimate power. Authority is often conferred by rules and must be exercised using those rules. James Sandberg Politics Prep 25/04/07

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