Political power


August 19, 2022

Political power is a type of power commonly used to describe the prerogatives and characteristics typical of a politician (or in any case of an individual with strong political influences), whatever it is, as well as a way to measure the prestige of the individual politician.

Political sociology

The typical figure of political power is the State, which through its apparatuses, also predisposed to repression, can impose its will, holding a real monopoly of force. Among all the powers (the economic one, the religious-ideological one, etc.), the political one is the only one that can legitimately make use of force, also understood as physical coercion. If in ancient societies the various powers could often be mixed together, it is only with the overcoming of feudalism and with the arrival of the modern age that an autonomy of political power is realized. Besides autonomy, another modern feature of political power is legitimacy. In this sense, the use of force and its monopoly is not sufficient to provide a foundation for political power. It finds a justification in itself as its directives imply a morally obligatory duty. More than force alone, it is "the abstract possibility of its use" which makes the commands of political power obligatory.



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External links

(EN) Political power, in Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.