From the semester, I learned that there was a major difference between power and authority. The sources state that power involves an entity or the ability of an individual to control or direct others. On the contrary, authority entails the influences which are predicated on perceived legitimacy. I learned that Max Weber was a prominent scholar who exhaustively studied the difference between the two. He developed various concepts regarding power and authority and formulated a system for classifying various types of authorities.
The types of authorities identified by Weber include traditional, charismatic, and legal-rational authorities, which all differ in terms of characteristics and leadership styles, and sources of power. I also learned about the role of power and authority in politics. It is manifest from the sources that rower is essential in understanding politics, where some individuals and groups have more power than others.
When one has power, his will can be carried out despite the resistance of others, and hence well reflects the politicians and their actions in governance. On the other hand, authority includes the created power, where people agree to follow a person in authority since it feels that these individuals are worthy of the position. Alternatively, they respect people in authority since they feel that a person in such a position carries a certain degree of respect. The individual’s objectives and demands of an authoritative figure are legitimate and reasonable. Different types of authority’s command varying types of respect. For example, a person with charismatic authority is relatively unstable since the authority held by a person with such leadership may not easily extend to anyone after the elder dies.