Social Power Theories: Pluralist, Power-Elite & Marxist Models


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Which of the following models sees power as revolving around class and economic status?

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1. Select the answer that describes the major difference between the pluralist and power-elite models of power.

2. A group organizing a rally to voice concerns over rising health care costs would be an example of an outsider group. This kind of group is part of the _____ model of power.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Are you living in a pluralist or power-elite society? The answer may not be immediately obvious. With this handy quiz and worksheet combo, you will improve your comprehension of three types of social power theories, and the different ways power is used in different nations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will assess your knowledge of the following aspects of these three social power theories:

  • The role of business
  • How much power the wealthy possess
  • The voice of the average citizen

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as power-elite groups
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the power of wealth
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Marxist and pluralist theories of power

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson Social Power Theories: Pluralist, Power-Elite & Marxist Models will prepare you to:

  • Describe some of the criticisms leveled at pluralist groups
  • List the values of a power-elite model and explain why it might result in the average voice not being heard
  • Discuss how the Marxist model guides various aspects of a nation's society