Power, Authority & Influence in Political Organizations


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What is generally defined as the way in which a society maintains order?

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1. What is defined as the ability to assert one's will over others, forcing them to act in accordance with it despite their own desires?

2. What is defined as the legitimate, socially approved use of power within institutions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will gauge your understanding of the forms of power in organizations. Quiz topics include rational authority and coercion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of the following:

  • How a society typically maintains order
  • Ability to assert one's will over others
  • Examples of rational authority
  • Ability to influence without coercion

Skills practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related anthropology lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about organizations in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding legitimate authority and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson Power, Authority & Influence in Political Organizations, which covers the following objectives:

  • Define political organization
  • Identify personal power and charisma
  • Understand different types of authority