chapter  2
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Basic Elements

WithZlatko Isakovic

A population's health and level of education as a rule indirectly affect other elements of political power. A state's economic power is most frequently the result of its population's work and creativity, and, in some cases, of the work done by the residents of other states. Territory was an insignificant factor during the conception of politics and political power, but it subsequently gained in importance. Advocates of geopolitical and similar theories tended to exaggerate the importance of the size and position of a territory for a state's political power. The greatest possible accessibility of borders and territories as a whole is desirable in terms of enhancing economic power because of easier commercial transportation, communication, cultural, political and other links. The classification of the common structure of political power comprises three basic elements of social power population, territory, and economic potential and elements specific to political power.