Learning Objectives

12.1 Describe the sociological defi nition of power.

12.2 Discuss the importance of power and privilege in societies.

12.3 Compare the key points of the pluralist and elite theories of power.

12.4 explain why some people participate in political systems and others do not.

12.5 Describe the major types of governmental systems in operation today.

12.6 Provide examples of the threats political systems can face from internal and external groups vying for power.