Who Has Authority?
Sunday, March 25
Max Weber, a German sociologist, defined power and authority in the following manner: power is the ability to exercise one’s will over others, while authority refers to accepted power; that is, power that people agree to follow. Authority, according to Weber, can be traditional (e.g., a parent), charismatic (e.g., Martin Luther King Jr.) or legal (e.g., the Canadian government). The burning questions in today’s text are: What is the relationship between power and authority? Who has authority to act?