The Classical Theories of Power

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The classical theories of power by four great philosophers and sociologists, namely, Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), John Locke (1632-1704), and Maximilian Weber (1864-1920) had provided so much in terms of foundational knowledge and a deeper understanding of the present socio-political world of the new millenium.


Thus it is important to remember that their views can be only understood in the context of these experiences.
Since, there is a progressive development in their ideas as time progresses, there is no point of comparison. Yet if one is asked to choose which among them is more relevant to understanding the present system of governance or the various leadership models found in the modern world, then there must be no hesitation to choose the classical theorist Max Weber. The following reasons supports this view.
Using these three questions as guidelines, it would be beneficial to have an overview of the different theories by the other philosophers to provide a point of comparison. By looking at their respective historical we see a linear development from Medieval period up to the more recent era. Max Weber continued writing even up to the 20th century and undoubtedly his ideas were shaped by the leapfrogging developments in politics and social sciences at the turn of the century.
Contrast Weber's background and experiences to Niccolo Machiavelli who lived in a period commonly known as the Dark Ages. ...
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