Single Idea 21132

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / C. Ruling a State / 1. Social Power]

Full Idea

Domination is the probability that a command with a specific content will be obeyed by a given group of persons.

Gist of Idea

Domination is probable obedience by some group of persons


Max Weber (Economy and Society [1919], p.53), quoted by Andrew Shorten - Contemporary Political Theory 06

Book Reference

Shorten,Andrew: 'Contemporary Political Theory' [Palgrave 2016], p.141

A Reaction

Said to be an 'influential definition'. In principle you might have no domination, but be regularly obeyed because your commands were so acceptable to a very independent-minded group of people. That said, good definition!