Introducing Western Sociologists

Introducing Western Sociologists


What are the three ideal types of domination ?

Three Ideal Types of Domination : Max Weber identifies three ideal types of domination (authority) based :

1. Rational-legal domination

2. Traditional domination, and

3. Charismatic authority or domination.

1. Rational - legal Domination is based on rational legitimacy. It rests on a belief in the legality of normative rules. It accepts the right of those who exercise authority under legally defined rules to issue commands.

2. Traditional Domination : Traditional domination (or authority) depends on traditional legitimacy. Traditional legitimacy rests on an established belief in the sanctity of immemorial traditions. It is based on habitual way of thinking.

3. Charismatic Domination : Charismatic domination (or authority) is based on charismatic legitimacy. Charisma means a gift of grace. Charismatic legitimacy depends on devotion to the specific and exceptional sancity, heroism or exemplary character of an individual person. Charismatic domination is based on the normative patterns prescribed by the individual possessing charisma.

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