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Power and Authority
Saturday, 19 February 2011 13:26

Politics, in its popular sense, is about power and the exercise of it (legitimate or otherwise).  A government without power is useless.  Power is the tool that enables rulers to achieve collective goals.  Talcot Parsons believed that the more powerful the government the more effective it was in achieving the goals of the community.  However, politics is more than the task of implementing collective goals.

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Constitutionalism
Saturday, 19 February 2011 13:26

The fact that a government may exercise power with legal authority does not in itself determine that its actions are constitutional.  And here lies the paradox between constitutions that effectively limit the arbitrary exercise of power and constitutions that are designed to serve the interests of those in power. 

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