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Power Politics What Is A Strong State What is Power and how does it apply to geography According to PJ Taylor 334 Power is the ability to be successful in a conflict this maybe overt through force or the threat of force or covert through non decision-making or structural advantage The term power will be used to discuss how the United States can be described as the most dominate hegemony of the past century Power can also be defined or generalized into many characteristics that describe how a country functions geographically Power is a major role in political influence It affects the politics in foreign policy and many other foreign relations as well Power can intimidate or provoke a country to act in a way they might not act Power is a major asset that can bring a country to reach its potential Power can also ruin a country Political institutions are the rules that regulate the exercise of power in societies and in the world When power becomes institutionalized - that is when rules for the use of power are widely accepted - the holders of power have authority Without authority to justify it the exercise of power becomes a test of the raw force that power holders are able to wield in the face of widespread resistance Goldstein Power holders in the political sphere almost always want their use of power to be viewed as legitimate which means that they work to institutionalize their power they want to make it authoritative This paper will discuss the types of power that stabilizes as well as propels countries to greatness The countries shown will possess political or economic power or a combination of the two as shown in the United States of America The Unites States is a leading country in the world because it has both political and economic power I will present some of the criteria Modeski used in his model and
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