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PSYCHOLOGY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE POWER CONCEPT

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Author(s): NARCISO BENBENASTE | GISELA ISABEL DELFINO | NORA BEATRIZ VITALE

Journal: Universitas psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 351;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Power | Authoritarianism | Authority | Politics | Quality of Life | control

ABSTRACT
In this work the notions of Power, Authoritarianism and Authority are specified epistemologically andpsychologically. From that perspective an important difference with Max Weber’s concepts is shown. Itis considered that Power is not only a social relationship, as Weber says, but rather it is a type of bond thatinvolves psyche constitution. It is outlined that the political problem is not who has the Power but whichits effective level or relativization in a certain time or society is. The effective level of authoritarianism orauthority in public life is an excellence indicator to evaluate democratic life quality in a society.
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