Concept from David Easton,
- authority: legitimate power (Max Weber)
- power: coercive influence (Harold Lasswell); ability to attain goals against resistance (conceptually from Robert Dahl; my phraseology)
- "levels" of the political system: office holders, regime ("rules of the game," norms), and the domain or population subject to the system
Easton, David, The Political System: An Inquiry into the State of Political Science. 1953: Alfred A. Knopf, N.Y; 2nd ed. 1971, 1981.
______ "An Approach to the Analysis of Political Systems," 1957: World Politics, Vol. IX, pp. 393-400.
______ and Jack Dennis. Children in the Political System: Origins of Political Legitimacy. 1969: McGraw-Hill, N.Y.
______ "A Reassessment of the Concept of Political Support," 1975: The British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 5, pp. 435-57. One of Easton's hypotheses was applied in 1997 in "Designing Democracies: Institutional Arrangements and System Support." by Pippa Norris.
______ A Framework for Political Analysis. 1979: University of Chicago Press, Chicago. c. 1965, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
______ A Systems Analysis of Political Life. 1979: University of Chicago Press, Chicago. c. 1965: John Wiley & Sons.
______ "The Political System Beseiged by the State," in Political Theory, 1981, Vol. 9, No. 3.
______ The Analysis of Political Structure. 1990: Routledge.
______, John G. Gunnell, and Luigi Graziano (eds.), The Development of Political Science: A Comparative Survey. 1991: .
______ and Corinne S. Schelling (eds.), Divided Knowledge: Across Disciplines, Across Cultures. 1991: .
______ An Approach to the Analysis of Political Systems. 1993:
______, John G. Gunnell, and Michael B. Stein (eds.), Regime and Discipline: Democracy and the Development of Political Science. 1995: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
I created this file sometime late '94 or early '95 and last substantially revised December 31, 1995; some minor editing and extensions were done September 6, 1999 and August 26, 2008.
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