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date: 24 February 2020

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This article examines the public authority or power of managers of private business organizations. The fact that people need to make a living, and thus must do what they are told by employers, does not establish that the managers of private corporations exercise legitimate authority. It merely establishes that they possess directive power. This article suggests that the managers of private corporations can only be regarded as exercising legitimate authority only if their authority is understood as a subordinate form of cooperation facilitating authority.

Keywords: managers, private organizations, public authority, directive power, legitimate authority

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