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Power: Political power is the ability to influence or control the behavior of others in the political sphere. It can be exercised through formal institutions, such as the government, or through informal means, such as persuasion or coercion. See also Coercion, Persuasion, Government, Governance, Society, Politics, Democracy, Ideology.
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Vilfredo Pareto on Power - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 102
Power/Pareto: According to Pareto, all societies are hierarchical without exception and thus ultimately constituted as structures of power. For him, social stability is inconceivable without power. Hence, the residuals (see Terminology/Pareto
) that establish power relations have a constitutive meaning, and power is considered universal. Accordingly, democracy is also an entity of power. Even communities with pronounced ideals of brotherhood or direct democratic structures - such as monastic denominations or anarchism - are never free of rankings.(1)
Brocker I 103
Since the residuals (remnants of magical thinking, see Magical Thinking/Pareto) are of great relevance in the formation of structures in society, politics must take them into account in the interest of maintaining power. (2) Among these residuals are Pareto's feelings of loyalty to leaders and collectives, patriotism, chauvinism and nationalism, feelings of solidarity and justice.
>Justice, >Emotion/Pareto, >Argumentation/Pareto.

1. Vilfredo Pareto, Trattato di sociologia generale, Florenz 1916. Vilfredo Pareto, Trattato di sociologia generale. Edizione critica a cura di Giovanni Busino, 4 Bände, Turin 1988. Dt.: Vilfredo Paretos System der allgemeinen Soziologie, herausgegeben und übersetzt von Gottfried Eisermann, Stuttgart 1962, § 1153.
2. Ibid. § 2247.

Maurizio Bach, Vilfredo Pareto, Allgemeine Soziologie (1916) in: Manfred Brocker (Hg). Geschichte des Politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Pareto, Vilfredo
Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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