Difference between Power and Autority.
Legal or rightful power; a right to command or to act; power exercised buy a person in virtue of his office or trust; dominion; jurisdiction; authorization; as, the authority of a prince over subjects, and of parents over children; the authority of a court.
Government; the persons or the body exercising power or command; as, the local authorities of the States; the military authorities.
The power derived from opinion, respect, or esteem; influence of character, office, or station, or mental or moral superiority, and the like; claim to be believed or obeyed; as, an historian of no authority; a magistrate of great authority.
That which, or one who, is claimed or appealed to in support of opinions, actions, measures, etc.
A precedent; a decision of a court, an official declaration, or an opinion, saying, or statement worthy to be taken as a precedent.
A book containing such a statement or opinion, or the author of the book.
Power and authority are very important topics in understanding organisations and management, the
more so because they tend to be ignored by economic accounts. A standard definition of power is that
given by Dahl. The basic idea is that we have power over someone else to the extent that we can get
that person to do something that otherwise they would not want to do. That is, we can get someone to
act in a way that they consider to be contrary to their interests.