Basic Concepts of Government

Government SSS 1 First Term


Basic Concepts of Government

Performance Objectives

Student should be able to explain:

  i. Meaning of Power.
  ii. Authority.
  iii. Legitimacy.
  iv. Sovereignty.


Power is the capacity to affect another's behaviour by the threat of sanction. The sanctions may be negative or positive.

Forms of Power

1. Political power

The elected President or Prime Minister of a state possesses political power. It is the power derived from the people and the constitution.

2. Economic power

 An individual in possession of economic resources could use such to influence issues in a state.

3. Military power

The armed forces, army, navy and.... View More

Subscribe now to gain full access to this lesson note

Take Me There

Click here to gain access to the full notes.