1-The Distribution of Power
Max Weber indicates that communities are organized in which goods, material and symbolic, intangible and tangibles are distributed. The distribution of these resources involves power and is always unequal. The formation of parties, status groups and classes in the society is determined by power distribution in the community. The social order, political/ legal order and economic order are as a result of status groups (Weber, 2010).
I agree with the main argument of the theorists that capital and money do play a major in determining the power of distribution. He clearly discusses how economic status does shape classes. His theory is applicable in modern day because the rich few have control and power over the resources and determine the economic development of a country. This means that class status and social power are mainly determined by economic interests. The economic interests in the modern world are monopolized, and this causes a huge gap between the poor and rich. I also support Weber’s argument the unequal distribution of resources cause conflicts between the workers and business owners since they cannot come to an agreement on the provision of a suitable work environment (Calhoun, Gerteis, Moody, et al,2012).
Max Weber provides three kinds of power in a community. He first is the legal or bureaucratic power; the second is charismatic power, and third is the traditional power. He mentions that bureaucratic organization comprises of the following features; the organization is characterized by a high level of specialization and division of the power, hierarchy of authority, impersonal and formal relations among members, and follows the principle of consistency, objectivity and rationality (DesforEdles and Scott 2009).
The bureaucratic organization as defined by Max Weber is a highly rigid type of organization that does not place importance on human relations. This type of organization can hardly be identified in the present world because it places too much emphasis on rules and regulations which are inflexible and rigid. Democratic nations around the world do not use this form of leadership.
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On September 30th 2013.
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