In a political system, authority is distributed across society. Society has many systems, including bureaucratic, economic, and social ones.
An institution, a process, a procedure, technology, or infrastructure that allows the authority to exercise control over society’s resources constitutes a political structure. A few examples to help you understand political structures are provided below.
Democracies vest authority in the electorate through the vote for elected representatives. They may also take part in referendums on major decisions. Democracy goes beyond voting; it is a participatory process in which individuals can express their ideas and organize and form political parties.
A democracy provides adults with the right to vote and protections against undue influence by special interests. These are the basics of democracy.
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Many societies elect politicians but are not democratic because the people have real authority over the government. Lack of political liberties, government transparency, and a free press, for example, may allow an elite to maintain the power of a country indefinitely despite voting.
A state in which only one political party is permitted to establish a government, or where this is the de facto outcome of every election. In a one-party state, power is given to those who can climb through the ranks of the party. Family ties, corporate power systems, and other relationships can all contribute to power.
The phrase oligarchy refers to the rule of a few people. This can take numerous forms depending on the governing elite’s motivations and claims to authority. Aristocracy, meritocracy, kleptocracy, and technocracy are among the examples.
Dictatorships are ruled by one person. A dictator is a person who possesses total control over a community and is tolerant of no opposition, thus removing freedoms. A single individual has complete control over the entire system in an autocracy.
Member states have delegated authority to international bodies. Member nations’ citizens and elected representatives may have minimal influence over these institutions, resulting in a loss of sovereignty.
Nobody is in charge. This is tough to do because members in any organization instinctively compete, and power hierarchies arise. A power structure would be required to prevent this from happening. This is a bit paradoxical in that it hasn’t happened in any significant town, let alone a sophisticated society, for any period of time.
Institutions, procedures, or infrastructures that affect society’s resources are influenced by figures of authority. Social norms and behavior continue to evolve over time. Read about social norms and other blogs about culture and society in Living by Example.
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