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In a narrow sense, power is the capacity to achieve one’s aims to get others to do what they would not otherwise have done through the use of positive or negative incentives (resources) as for example, armed forces and weapons, information, jobs, money, special privileges, food, social status and punishments, which can be used appropriately to bribe, threaten, induce or encourage others to comply.

In a broad sense, power is associated with a person’s legitimate authority or influence. For example, the Governor of a State can exercise power because he occupies a legitimate position. A person has influence when as a result of his special status or standing, knowledge or experience, others are prepared to accept his advice or opinions. Education, occupation and income may be important determinants of status as well as personal qualification and achievements that can confer power on a person.