Max Weber's Political Theory

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Max Weber was one of the founders of sociology and he always described himself as a bourgeois theorist. A bourgeois theorist is a person belonging to the middle class of a society. Weber was a key proponent of methodological ant positivism, arguing for the study of social action through interpretive means, based on understanding the purpose and meaning that individuals attach to their own actions. Weber 's main intellectual concern was understanding the processes of rationalization, secularization, and disenchantment that he associated with the rise of capitalism and modernity, and which he saw as the result of a new way of thinking about the world. In another major work, Politics as a Vocation, Weber defined the state as an entity which successfully claims a monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory". He was also the first to categories social authority into distinct forms, which he labeled as charismatic, traditional, and rational-legal. His analysis of bureaucracy emphasized that modern state institutions are increasingly based on rational-legal authority. Weber also made a variety of other contributions in economic history, as well as economic theory and methodology. Weber 's analysis of modernity and rationalization significantly influenced the critical theory associated with the Frankfurt School. The starting point of Weber’s political analysis was the important distinction between power as authority and power as coercion. So according
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