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Power in Public Administration

Three Questions:
1). Review the bases of social power. Appraise two (2) types of power, and predict two (2) ways in which these powers are limited in public organizations and / or non-profit organizations. Provide support for your rationale.

2). Interpret the significant impact of New Public Management on Non-Profit Reform. Next, infer two (2) challenges that are associated with implementing the reform in non-profits. Provide a rationale for your response.

3). According to the text, the increased use of technology may be a threat to public administration and national security. Construct a scenario in which you support this theory, and propose two (2) methods geared towards minimizing the technological threats identified within your scenario.
Please provide references.

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1. Basis of social power according to French and Raven are coercive power, reward power, legitimate power, reward power, expert power, and information power. The theory is that leadership and power are closely related. One power we appraise is coercive power. This is the power to use the threat of force to gain compliance from another. Second power we appraise is information power. Information is the ability of an agent of influence to bring about change through resource of information. This meant that information was a potential influence and a social power base. The first way in which coercive power is limited in a public organization is the labor laws and their enforcement. If an employer misuses coercive power against employees, the labor laws apply and are ...

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The answer to this problem explains sources of power. The references related to the answer are also included.