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Authority Authority, power and legitimacy are perceived as fundamental elements of contemporary society for the sole reason that these are the defining features of a culture with political and social organisations and hierarchies. The term ‘authority’ is commonly misused by academics as a synonym for ‘power’ or ‘legitimacy’ which has led to confusion regarding the entire concept of authority. Authority is generally defined as a person (or group of people) who has the power or right to give orders...

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Power and Authority

Many people think that power and authority is the same thing. They are not. They have the same desired outcome but by definition are different. Merriam-Webster defines power as “the ability or right to control people or things” (“Power”). Authority is defined as “the power to give orders or make decisions: the power or right to direct or control someone or something” (“Authority”). Power is often identified by people who hold a particular office or position. Just because a person may assert a...

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Political Authority

What makes political authority different from other kinds of authority such as parental authority, medical authority, or ecclesiastical authority? Parental, medical, and ecclesiastical authorities have limits on which they are authoritative over. With authority in general there is this thing of ought, we do it because it is something we ought to do. Political authority has this obligation. Political Authority and Parental can force you to do something while as the others can not. Parental has...

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Images of power and authority in art.

Images of Power and Authority in Art Art has been used to portray figures of power and authority many times in history. Different cultures have different ways of portraying the image to have power and authority. One example of using art to portray images of power and authority is the Victory Stele of Naram-Sin. This was made to commemorate King Naram-Sin for his defeat of Lullubi. The King stands alone at the top, taller than everyone else. This shows that he is more powerful than anyone else...

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Authority in the Public Services - Essay

Authority in the public services Authority means the right or power to enforce rules or give orders. To do this they need legislations to enforce their laws, to function properly the uniformed pubic services need to have legislations. The extent of authority relates to the limit of control held by an individual or organisation. The limit of control is governed by the job description of the role, as well as the jurisdiction, with authority coming either from statute or company policy. An example...

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Authority vs Individuality

Authority is defined as a person or group of people who control the society and make major decisions affecting the society. Individual is a person who has no particular influence on the society and neither do his decisions. The term Authority may be applied to any type of people who hold some sort of influence or power on the society such as The Police; Courts from local courts to supreme courts and of course the ruling party of the government. The individual may be a single civilian. This...

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Milgram's Study of Obedience to Authority

Stanley Milgram is a famous psychologist who focused his studies on authority and peoples reaction and obedience to it. His famous experiment and it's results were groundbreaking in psychology, surprising both psychologists and regular people alike. First I will discuss the reason for Milgrims study of obedience to authority. Then I will explain the experiment, its formulation, and its results. Finally I will cover the influence of the experiment on psychology and society. Stanley Milgrim was...

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Authority and the Group Mind

people view just authority figures. These scholars have described group mind and its effects on society and authority in different ways. For example, Lessing, the author of “Group Minds,” says it is dangerous for us to misunderstand our human tendency to conform because we can be blindly obedient as a result. Brooks, the author of “The Follower Problem,” contends that it is an issue that many in today’s society conform to the idea that we should automatically distrust any authority figure. On the other...

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Power and Authority - Contemporary World Issues

“People obey authority out of respect, while they obey power out of fear.” Power and authority are interpreted in many different ways. Authority is respected and recognized, where as power is used to exploit and manipulate situations simply to gain control or sway judgments. In some scenarios, power and authority are essentially indistinguishable, in others; one is taken advantage of by the other to dominate. E.g. Power may use authority to gain control and respect. I do not agree with this...

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Functional Authority

FUNCTIONAL AUTHORITY: Functional authority consists of the right to give orders within a segment of the organization in which this right is normally non existent. This authority is usually assigned to individuals to complement the line or staff authority they already possess. Functional Authority generally covers only specific task areas and is operational only for designated amounts of time. It is given to individuals who, in order to meet responsibilities in their own areas, must be able to exercise...

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