Types of Power

Authority, which we explored in the last few posts, provides legitimacy to the exercise of power. Power is control over outcomes. In this essay we will begin to explore the exercise of power. Consider a person wielding a gun. Any person wielding a gun has the power to compel another person to do something against […]


Political philosopher Robert Wolf (1999) wrote, “Authority is the right to command, and correlatively, the right to be obeyed.” Authority can also be defined as being in a position to wield power. The exercise of power is highly dependent on context. This essay will explore authority and the framework for its use. Max Weber (2017) […]