Learning Objectives

13.1 Describe the sociological definition of power
13.2 Discuss the importance of power and privilege in societies
13.3 Compare the key points of the pluralist and elite theories of power
13.4 Explain why some people participate in political systems and others do not
13.5 Describe the major types of governmental systems in operation today
13.6 Provide examples of the threats political systems can face from internal and external groups vying for power