Strong Vs Weak Analysis

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The perceived legitimacy of governments stems from the powers the governments hold, how they enforce laws, and how their citizens act on them. The different political organizations throughout the world mainly depend on the two pathways that an organization can take. The first being consensus, which is linked to democratic rule, in which people are brought together and create common rule based on their needs of protection and security. Coercion on the other hand, is very much linked with authoritarian rule, in which a ruler brings people together and monopolizes the authority and security through dominated the power of the people. In order for a country to be considered legitimate, the people must trust the efforts and aim of the country,…show more content…
States that are strong tend to meet the criteria and have wide acceptance of their citizens and therefore can flourish in supplying needs, power, and construct a stable economy for their people. To distinguish whether a state is strong or not, looking at how well they are involved in their economy, plays a major role (O’Neil). With stronger economies, states tend to meet the needs of their citizens better and have the opportunity to grow more independently. A country like Canada for example, is seen to be very strong because it is so involved in the day-to-day actions and effects of their economy. Canada has a wide range of public goods, including health care, which many strong countries like the United States lack. The ability to provide for citizens is a main stem of a strong country. As a country becomes stronger within their military power, economy, and rights of their people, that country can grow stronger and be better designed for the lives in which it effects. A states long term goals and success varies much on the regime it holds. If the regime of a state is widely accepted by the citizens with it, the state will, for the most part, be more successful and hold greater legitimacy. Different types of governments however, may affect the power of each regime. A democratic government for example will allow its people to have a much larger say in the goals and long term effects of its regime. A totalitarianism government like North Korea for example, has a nondemocratic regime and therefore dominates power and is more powerful within its state and has total control of the day-to-day economic and personal lives of its people. Although many countries have strong regimes, changes in them are rare. Changes to a state and regime are usually only taken when extremely needed. National crises like the attacks of the Twin Towers on September
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