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Power. The ability to make people do what they ordinarily would not do. Authority. When people consent (agree) to one’s use of power over them. Legitimacy. When people accept an institution’s right to rule over them. Levels of legitimacy will vary depending on historical events. Politics.

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Power

Power

The ability to make people do what they ordinarily would not do


Authority
Authority

When people consent (agree) to one’s use of power over them.


Legitimacy
Legitimacy

When people accept an institution’s right to rule over them.

Levels of legitimacy will vary depending on historical events


Politics
Politics

Struggle for power


Policy agenda
Policy Agenda

Issues that the government will address.

The media, special interest groups, and elections influence the policy agenda.


Public policy
Public Policy

The decision the government makes in response to an issue


Government
Government

The institutions that make decisions for society.

L-E-J

The US Constitution created our national institutions.


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