Power and Organizational Politics Essay

5192 Words Aug 14th, 2015 21 Pages
Discuss the concept of power and organizational politics using a situation you are familiar with, describe how power and politics have manifested itself.
Introduction
There is no accepted definition of politics and power but many scholars have attempted to define it and what is commonly among them is that, politics is ubiquitous in nature. Politics is indeed human, and one cannot separate politics from human activity. This means that whatever we do we are simply exercising the concept of politics whether in our organization, the economy, the family, the school, the media and finally in the political arena.
Politics is to be found both vertically and horizontally in our society that is, from all the socio-economic and political angles of
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Politics in line with the thinking of Nwabuzor and Mueller is to be found at the market places where trade unions take place when advocating for their desired interests. This is to stress that politics is human and no way can politics be separated from human activity. Politics in relation to power is the distribution of economic resources whether in monetary or material form but it must be underlined or noted that, the producers of these economic resources may not be necessary in control of the distribution of the same resources. The bourgeoisie may use other avenues of exploiting the labor values of the proletariat in order to achieve the desired goal.
Robert Dahl appreciated that power may exist in its cruel form as pointed out by Niccolo Machiavelli that the end justifies the means. The end can be achieved through violence, murder, persuasion, trickery, corruption and the aforementioned are much eminent in our organization. The most important thing is that the dominant must be obeyed and this is how power is exercised and abused in many organizations for selfish interests like in the awarding of tenders, promotions et’al.
Below in details are the concepts of power and organizational politics
Power
Blackler &McDonald (2000) analyze

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