The process by which a community selects rulers and empowers them to make decisions, take action to obtain common goals, and reconcile conflicts within the community.
The capacity to influence or control the behavior of persons or institutions whether by persuasion or coercion.
Command of the obedience of society's members by a government.
The exercise of political power in a community in a way that is voluntarily accepted by the members of that community.
The legal and moral right of a government to rule over a specific population and control a specific territory; implies a widely recognized claim of governmental authority and voluntary acceptance on the part of the population directly affected.
An existing or desired arrangement of institutions based on certain principles such as liberty, equality, prosperity, and security. Associated with the rule of law and with conservative values such as stability, obedience, and respect.