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Which statement describes Max Weber’s theory about power?

A. Power is distributed among many different elites and many government institutions, and no one elite or institution ever dominates government.

B. Power is held by an economic elite, the people who control the "means of production."

C. Power is concentrated among a "power elite" of top soldiers, bureaucrats, and businesspeople.

D. Power is held by bureaucrats and administrators.

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Answer: D. Power is held by bureaucrats and administrators.

According to Max Weber, power is the ability of a person to exercise his/her will over that of others. Max Weber believed that real power comes with the achievement of certain goals even when other people oppose those goals. Every society today is built on some form of power and this power resides typically within the government. Some governments however exercise this power with some kind of force which makes it illegitimate. In modern society, the power described by Max Weber is often exercised by administrators and bureaucrats. Power exists in social groups, personal relationships, and in institutions like the government.

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