Institutional Power: Definition & Concept


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What is the power wielded by entities like governments, churches, and corporations, to control people through the use of rewards and punishments?

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1. Which of the following does NOT have institutional power?

2. Where does institutional power exist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Institutional power exists in many forms, and this quiz/worksheet tests your knowledge of this power at work today. You will be quizzed on ways the U.S. government, corporations, and society all use institutional power.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you will be tested on your ability to:

  • Describe entities that have institutional powers and those that do not
  • Recognize how this authority is granted
  • Identify examples of institutional powers held by the U.S. government as well as corporations

Skills Practiced

Students have the chance to use these skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about U.S. government institutional powers
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding those that allow institutional powers to exist and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define institutional power

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more on this subject, you can pull up the related lesson Institutional Power: Definition & Concept. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Who wields institutional power in the U.S. government
  • Institutional powers in the church
  • How corporations control their employees