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Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

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Which of the following refers to an individual's or group's right to use power by making decisions, giving directives, and demanding compliance?

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1. A foreign country complains that you are emitting excessive greenhouse gases and not taking into account environmental sustainability. Which of the following could be used to defend your rule over your territory?

2. After a long, heated debate, the U.S. Congress has managed to agree upon two final versions of a gun control bill. However, each version has several contradicting stipulations. According to majoritarianism, what would be the best way to resolve the situation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo can help gauge your knowledge of the different types of political power. You will be quizzed on characteristics of different forms of political power.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to test yourself on types of political power, including:

  • Pluralism
  • Elitism
  • Majoritarianism

Skills Practiced

Use this quiz and worksheet to test out these skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as majoritarianism and pluralism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding elitism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about authority and power

Additional Learning

To learn more about political power, review the corresponding lesson titled Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definition and four elements of political power
  • Purpose of power
  • Key characteristics of majoritarianism
  • Differences between elitism and pluralism
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