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BASES OF POWER BY MRJoNES Power is the ability of one person group or nation to control another person group or nation It is the ability to tell them what to do and what not to do Power may involve force persuasion or rewards Power also always involves a relationship According to one of the founders of political science Max Weber power is the capabilities to have ones way in a relationship even against the will of others However no person in a relationship always has all the power and no person in a relationship always has no power Power itself does not come in a lump it is not one single thing Instead power is made up of 85 things and these 85 things are what we call the bases of power Below is a list of the 85 bases of power 1 money 2charisma 3 authority 4 knowledgetechnologyinformation 5 godreligion6 morality 7 sizesolidarity8 violence 85 fame According to Karl Marx another founder of political science money is the only base of power He said that with money you could buy everything else However it has come to be accepted that money can buy everything except charisma and solidarity For that reason I have chosen charisma solidarity and money as the three bases of power that I would most like to have First on my list of bases of power is charisma Charisma is defined as being the natural ability to influence anothers behavior It is generally accepted that a person cannot train or learn to be charismatic he is either born with it or without it A charismatic person can get someone to like him and support him regardless of whether they agree with his actions or not An example of this would be former President Bill Clinton Despite knowing that he had
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