Power and Influence

The term “influence”, like many other term in political science, is itself a source of considerable controversy.
Some scholars have used “power” and “influence” interchangeably, while others have stressed their differences.
As the eminent political scientist, Robert Dahl, rightly acknowledged , “one writer’s influence is another’s power .
We can generally say, however, that political influence is just a form of power, less in degree than domination and admit that the distinction between influence and dominance cannot be made very clear-cut.


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