Authority

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Authority is the legitimate right to exercise social and political power, which a civil State usually makes formal by way of a judicial branch and an executive branch of government; in a theocratic state authority is realized with a charismatic, ecclesiastical government.wikipedia
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Legitimacy (political)

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Authority is the legitimate right to exercise social and political power, which a civil State usually makes formal by way of a judicial branch and an executive branch of government; in a theocratic state authority is realized with a charismatic, ecclesiastical government.
In political science, legitimacy is the right and acceptance of an authority, usually a governing law or a régime.

Power (social and political)

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Authority is the legitimate right to exercise social and political power, which a civil State usually makes formal by way of a judicial branch and an executive branch of government; in a theocratic state authority is realized with a charismatic, ecclesiastical government.
The term "authority" is often used for power that is perceived as legitimate by the social structure.

Sovereignty

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The claims of authority can extend to national or individual sovereignty, which is broadly or provisionally understood as a claim to political authority that is legitimated. In political philosophy, the jurisdiction of political authority, the location of sovereignty, the balancing of freedom and authority, and the requirements of political obligations have been core questions from the time of Plato and Aristotle to the present.
In political theory, sovereignty is a substantive term designating supreme authority over some polity.

Hannah Arendt

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Among others, Hannah Arendt, Carl Joachim Friedrich, Thomas Hobbes, Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt have provided some of the most remarkable texts.
Her works cover a broad range of topics, but she is best known for those dealing with the nature of power and evil, as well as politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism.

Political philosophy

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In political philosophy, the jurisdiction of political authority, the location of sovereignty, the balancing of freedom and authority, and the requirements of political obligations have been core questions from the time of Plato and Aristotle to the present.
Political philosophy, also known as political theory, is the study of topics such as politics, liberty, justice, property, rights, law, and the enforcement of laws by authority: what they are, if they are needed, what makes a government legitimate, what rights and freedoms it should protect, what form it should take, what the law is, and what duties citizens owe to a legitimate government, if any, and when it may be legitimately overthrown, if ever.

Legitimation

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The claims of authority can extend to national or individual sovereignty, which is broadly or provisionally understood as a claim to political authority that is legitimated.
Legitimate power is the right to exercise control over others by virtue of the authority of one's superior organization position or status.

Thomas Hobbes

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Among others, Hannah Arendt, Carl Joachim Friedrich, Thomas Hobbes, Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt have provided some of the most remarkable texts.
According to Hobbes, society is a population and a sovereign authority, to whom all individuals in that society cede some rights for the sake of protection.

Max Weber

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Max Weber in his essay "Politics as a Vocation" (1919) divided legitimate authority into three types.
Weber continued his investigation into this matter in later works, notably in his studies on bureaucracy and on the classification of legitimate authority into three types—rational-legal, traditional and charismatic—of which the rational-legal (through bureaucracy) is the dominant one in the modern world.

Authority (sociology)

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Max Weber in his essay "Politics as a Vocation" (1919) divided legitimate authority into three types.

State (polity)

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Authority is the legitimate right to exercise social and political power, which a civil State usually makes formal by way of a judicial branch and an executive branch of government; in a theocratic state authority is realized with a charismatic, ecclesiastical government.

Theocracy

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Authority is the legitimate right to exercise social and political power, which a civil State usually makes formal by way of a judicial branch and an executive branch of government; in a theocratic state authority is realized with a charismatic, ecclesiastical government.

Government

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In the exercise of government, the terms authority and power sometimes are inaccurately used as synonyms.

Decision-making

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The term authority identifies political legitimacy, which grants and justifies the right to exercise power of government; and the term power identifies the ability to accomplish an authorized goal, by way either of compliance or of obedience; hence, authority is the power to make decisions and the right to make such legal decisions and order their execution.

Ancient history

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Ancient understandings of authority trace back to Rome and draw later from Catholic (Thomistic) thought and other traditional understandings.

Ancient Rome

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Ancient understandings of authority trace back to Rome and draw later from Catholic (Thomistic) thought and other traditional understandings.

Thomism

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Ancient understandings of authority trace back to Rome and draw later from Catholic (Thomistic) thought and other traditional understandings.

Tradition

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Ancient understandings of authority trace back to Rome and draw later from Catholic (Thomistic) thought and other traditional understandings.

Cambodia

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In more modern terms, forms of authority include transitional authority exhibited in for example Cambodia, public authority in the form of popular power, and, in more administrative terms, bureaucratic or managerial techniques.

Popular Power

In more modern terms, forms of authority include transitional authority exhibited in for example Cambodia, public authority in the form of popular power, and, in more administrative terms, bureaucratic or managerial techniques.

Geneva

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Historical applications of authority in political terms include the formation of the city-state of Geneva, and experimental treatises involving the topic of authority in relation to education include Emile by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Emile, or On Education

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Historical applications of authority in political terms include the formation of the city-state of Geneva, and experimental treatises involving the topic of authority in relation to education include Emile by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Historical applications of authority in political terms include the formation of the city-state of Geneva, and experimental treatises involving the topic of authority in relation to education include Emile by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Political authority

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There have been several contributions to the debate of political authority.

Carl Joachim Friedrich

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Among others, Hannah Arendt, Carl Joachim Friedrich, Thomas Hobbes, Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt have provided some of the most remarkable texts.

Alexandre Kojève

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Among others, Hannah Arendt, Carl Joachim Friedrich, Thomas Hobbes, Alexandre Kojève and Carl Schmitt have provided some of the most remarkable texts.