Max Weber Political Authority Essay

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According to Max Weber in his work of “politics as a Vocation”, he states that political authority can be broken up into three different types. He defines these three types as Traditional authority, charismatic authority and rational-legal authority. Charismatic authority comes from a person’s special qualities and ability to hold followers because of them. Charismatic individuals may use their authority over a whole society or even just a specific group within a larger one. These individuals can use their authority for good and sometimes bad. Some examples of these leaders can be: Adolf Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. As you can see in the people who were listed, they all had amazing personal qualities that led to…show more content…
This person could be anywhere from a child of the leader or someone the leader knows and trusts. This in turn leaves a significant danger on the belief because the new leader may lack the required ability to persuade the same followers. For reasons, Weber recognized that charismatic authority ultimately becomes more stable when it in turn changes into a traditional or rational-legal authority. A way that a charismatic leader can transform into a traditional authority is by accepting their bloodline, so that their authority passes to their children and then further down the line. Transformation into a rational-legal authority occurs when the society that they were leading would in turn develop rules and a bureaucratic structure that is often partnered with a government. Weber defined this as routinization of charisma.
When we compare this to democratic leaderships, the similarities tend to be that both give their leaders a ton of responsibility, but with similarities comes its differences. Democratic leaderships often require their individuals to have a high level of skills along with the will to work, the leaders are also rational and deliberate. While charismatic leaders appeal to the emotions of the people around them, and they are often seen as working towards the greater good.
Traditional authority is seen as power that is rooted in regular and long-standing beliefs of society. This authority is assigned to particular individuals because of the
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