Authority FAQs:


Q: Is authority used in the name of an organization, this name usually refers to the governing body upon which such authority is vested?

A: Yes, for example, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Q: Is authority but one of several resources available to incumbents in formal positions?

A: Yes.

Q: Is authority Traditional authority?

A: Yes, and which derives from long-established customs, habits and social structures.

Q: Is authority deemed known to third parties?

A: Yes, and shattering any appearance of authority.

Q: Is authority often used interchangeably with power?

A: Yes.

Q: Is authority that authority which is derived from "the gift of grace" or when the leader claims that his authority is derived from a "higher power" or "inspiration"?

A: Yes, that is superior to both the validity of traditional and rational-legal authority and followers accept this and are willing to follow this higher or inspired authority, in the place of the authority that they have hitherto been following.

Q: Is authority mentioned in the constitution?

A: Yes.

Q: Is authority that which is recognized as legitimate and justified by both the ruler and the ruled?

A: Yes.

Q: Is authority the capacity?

A: Yes, and innate or acquired for exercising ascendancy over a group.

Q: Is authority Charismatic authority?

A: Yes.