Political power/acquisition

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The acquisition of political power is a subject that appears to be poorly understood and documented, especially with regard to illegitimate power. This is understandable, since anyone who succeeds in gaining power might not want to tell others how they did it for fear of creating competitors who might take it from them.

Methodologies are substantially different for power that is legitimate versus power that was acquired via illegitimate means, whether within a legitimate framework (and perhaps carrying the appearance of legitimacy) or via means that completely subvert a society's intended power structure: