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Charismatic authority leadership whose claim to legitimacy stems from devotion to the specific and unusual sanctity, heroism, or exemplary character of an individual

Cybercrime the use of viruses, worms, and other rogue programs to disrupt victims’ computers and/or to steal information from their computers

Legitimate authority the idea that people willingly lend their obedience to their society’s leadership because they see it as their obligation to do so

Rational-legal authority the idea that people willingly lend their obedience to their society’s leadership authority because they accept the legality of normative rules and accept the right of those elevated to

authority to issue commands under these rules

Reciprocal relationship regarding law and social change, the idea that legal changes help create social changes and that social changes also help create legal changes

Traditional authority the idea that people willingly lend their obedience to their society’s leadership because they believe in the sanctity of traditions and in the legitimacy of the status of those exercising authority in accordance with these traditions

Vested interests personal stakes in maintaining or changing a social policy or other arrangement to enhance one’s wealth, power, prestige, or other attributes

 
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