Ideal Types of Authority
Who is most likely to accept authority as legitimate and adhere to it? People have a greater tendency to accept authority as legitimate if they are economically or politically dependent on those who hold power. They may also accept authority more readily if it reflects their own beliefs and values (Turner, Beeghley, and Powers, 2002). Weber's outline of three ideal types of authority-traditional, charismatic, and rational legal- shows how different bases of legitimacy are tied to a society's economy.