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  • Visualizing the territorial limits of State power
    An even better map of the situation in the Levant than the one in the last post about the State: From a recent Congressional Research Service report (http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R44073.pdf) Again, nowhere near the complexity I think would actually exist in a map of effective State control or legitimacy as I last described, but this one does […]

  • Defining the State
    A “ruling organization” will be called “political” insofar as its existence and order is continuously safeguarded within a given territorial area by the threat and application of physical force on the part of the administrative staff.  A compulsory political organization with continuous operations will be called a “state” insofar as its administrative staff successfully upholds […]

  • Power and Domination
    “Power” is the probability that one actor within a social relationship will be in a position to carry out his own will despite resistance, regardless on the basis on which this probability rests.  (53) This seems very vague, and would be hard to study except in very overt forms.  We can see resistance clearly when […]

  • Organizational order and authority from within and without
    An organization may be autonomous or heteronomous, by which Weber means the governing order has been established by their own members on their own authority, versus imposed upon them by the outside.  Organizations are also either autocephalous or heterocephalous, meaning the chief and the staff are either appointed by the autonomous order of the organization […]

  • Consensual versus imposed order
    An organization’s order is established by either voluntary agreement, or by it being imposed and acquiesced to.  Under this terminology, an order is always imposed to the extent that it does not originate from a voluntary personal agreement of all the individuals concerned.  (50-51) I discussed themes from this a while back in my post […]