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When is a Novel not a Novel: When It is Used to Teach Political Science
Unformatted Document Text:  serves as a pedagogical tool that more effectively engages student learning. Weber’s Authority Systems Closely linked to his typology of action, Weber defined three types of authority system: Traditional, legal/rational, and charismatic. Tradtional authority systems are based on historic, inherited legitimacy. Legal/rational authority rests “on the legality of enacted rules and the right of those elevated to authority under such rules to issue commands.” Charismatic authority, not surprisingly, is defined by one or more exceptional personality traits of a given leader (Weber 215). Here again, Vonnegut’s characters lead students to a deeper understanding of Weber’s theory. To illustrate traditional authority, Vonnegut offers Berringer. I direct contrast with the merit system, Berringer got where he was because Kroner “knew his bloodlines” (40). Berringer was invited to the Meadows because Kroner “thought it would break his father’s heart if the boy wasn’t asked” (168). Berringer, himself, had no illusions about his qualifications: He knew “that his money and name could beat the system” (40). Charismatic authority is closely related to Weber’s concept of value rational action defined above. Kroner, although the boss, “had a poor record as an engineer.” However, in addition to the quality of believing in the system noted above, Kroner had the quality of “making others believe in it, too” (38). Kroner had charisma. Bear had neither bloodlines nor charisma. In fact, he was described as a “social cretin.” Nevertheless, he had achieved legal/rational authority in Ilium because, “technically, there wasn’t a better engineer in the East” (38). As was the case with Weber’s typology of action, Vonnegut’s characters can be used to engage students in a meaningful discussion of one of the theoretical foundations

Authors: Connor, George.
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serves as a pedagogical tool that more effectively engages student learning.
Weber’s Authority Systems
Closely linked to his typology of action, Weber defined three types of authority
system: Traditional, legal/rational, and charismatic. Tradtional authority systems are
based on historic, inherited legitimacy. Legal/rational authority rests “on the legality of
enacted rules and the right of those elevated to authority under such rules to issue
commands.” Charismatic authority, not surprisingly, is defined by one or more
exceptional personality traits of a given leader (Weber 215). Here again, Vonnegut’s
characters lead students to a deeper understanding of Weber’s theory.
To illustrate traditional authority, Vonnegut offers Berringer. I direct contrast
with the merit system, Berringer got where he was because Kroner “knew his bloodlines”
(40). Berringer was invited to the Meadows because Kroner “thought it would break his
father’s heart if the boy wasn’t asked” (168). Berringer, himself, had no illusions about
his qualifications: He knew “that his money and name could beat the system” (40).
Charismatic authority is closely related to Weber’s concept of value rational action
defined above. Kroner, although the boss, “had a poor record as an engineer.” However,
in addition to the quality of believing in the system noted above, Kroner had the quality
of “making others believe in it, too” (38). Kroner had charisma. Bear had neither
bloodlines nor charisma. In fact, he was described as a “social cretin.” Nevertheless, he
had achieved legal/rational authority in Ilium because, “technically, there wasn’t a better
engineer in the East” (38).
As was the case with Weber’s typology of action, Vonnegut’s characters can be
used to engage students in a meaningful discussion of one of the theoretical foundations


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