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Ch 3: Sovereignty, Authority & Power of Government

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Watch video lessons and learn about types of government authority as well as how governments maintain power. Test your comprehension at the end of each lesson through a short quiz.

Sovereignty, Authority & Power of Government - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

What is it exactly that gives a government power? In this chapter, we'll look at theories of social and political power and learn about political regimes. Other lessons cover topics including the development of the state as well as how a government can lose legitimacy. Each entertaining video is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz, and you can submit any questions on the material to an instructor. This series of video lessons will show you:

  • How nations, states, countries and governments differ
  • Types and sources of political power
  • How pluralist, power-elite and Marxist models of social power work
  • Characteristics of economic systems
  • How a state expresses legitimacy

Video Objective
The Difference Between Countries, Nations, States, and GovernmentsDefine nation, country, state and government.
Political Power: Definition, Types & SourcesLearn about the elements and theories of political power.
Social Power Theories: Pluralist, Power-Elite & Marxist ModelsSee how theories of social power can be applied.
Types of Political Regimes & Their CharacteristicsDefine regime and learn about various types.
Types of Economic Systems: Traditional, Command, Market & MixedSee how these types of economic systems operate; examine benefits and drawbacks of each.
State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & SizeLearn the characteristics of a state.
Types of Legitimacy in GovernmentDefine and examine government legitimacy.
What Makes a State Legitimate & Stable?Study how states are developed and how they evolve.
Governance & Accountability in PoliticsLearn what governance and accountability mean.

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Sovereignty, Authority & Power of Government
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Difference Between Countries, Nations, States, and Governments

1. The Difference Between Countries, Nations, States, and Governments

The study of political science requires you to relearn familiar terms that hold a different meaning than found in common everyday usage. In this lesson, you'll learn about the difference between countries, nations, states and governments.

Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

2. Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

In this lesson, we will take a close look at political power. We will define the term, examine its elements, and learn about several theories that help determine who gets to use political power.

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

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

This lesson will explain and differentiate three major theories of power in society: The pluralist model, the power-elite model and the Marxist model.

Types of Political Regimes & Their Characteristics

4. Types of Political Regimes & Their Characteristics

In the United States, we live in a republic, while the UK is a monarchy. Yet both are democratic, while some republics and monarchies are definitely not. This lesson makes some sense out of differing political regimes.

Types of Economic Systems: Traditional, Command, Market & Mixed

5. Types of Economic Systems: Traditional, Command, Market & Mixed

Just like there are different political systems, there are also vastly different economic systems. This lesson introduces the differences between traditional, command, market, and mixed economies.

State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size

6. State as a Concept: Definition, Development, & Size

This lesson will seek to explain the concept of a state. In doing so, it will highlight legitimate power, traditional authority, rational authority, and a federal system of states.

Types of Legitimacy in Government

7. Types of Legitimacy in Government

Think you can just start ordering people around and take over the government? Chances are that if anyone's going to listen to you, you'll need some claim of legitimacy first. This lesson explains just what that means.

What Makes a State Legitimate & Stable?

8. What Makes a State Legitimate & Stable?

In order to survive, a state must be both stable and legitimate. How can it achieve those while still remaining democratic? In this lesson, we look at how it is possible for many states, while other groups have failed.

Governance & Accountability in Politics

9. Governance & Accountability in Politics

Do you like rules? Probably not. Sometimes it seems that there are too many to follow. But you expect others to follow the rules, right? In this lesson, we'll look at the core ideas behind those themes of governance and accountability.

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