Power and Authority
Power (Weber): The ability to achieve desired ends despite possible resistance from others.
• get whatever you want
Authority (Weber): power that people view as legitimate rather than coercive
Structure of authority
• weber's macrosociological approach
Traditional authority: power legitimized by respect for long-established cultural patterns
• things are banned for so long that people think they are legitimate
• when society industrialized ta does not work very well anymore
• excepts: Kennedy family,Bush family
• family background
Rational-legal authority: power legitimized by legally enacted rules and regulations (authority
based on position).
• in socy class prof has authority because of the rules,rules say what professor can do.prof's
authority does not come from his socy background
• position rather than family background
Charismatic authority: power legitimized through extraordinary personal abilities that inspire
devotion and obedience.
• religious leader,Jesus has charismatic authority
• leading people to a new way of life
• Weber very interested in this
Microsociological approach to legitimacy:
a legitimate social order is one that actors believe is desirable or treat as