chapter  7
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Where there is human society, we find politics. Political Science notwithstanding, politics cannot be equated with relations of authority, as the preceding chapter shows. Now I turn to Harold D. Lasswell, perhaps the greatest of Political Scientists but, at least in his conception of politics, rather a deviant one. Lasswell held that politicswhat I define in the introduction as the important business of any society - must concern the distribution of influence and rewards in society. Influentials get most of what they want by skillful manipulation of symbols, control over material values, and use of violence. Elites, organized into skill groups, get what they get by doing what they do in three categories of behavior - the same three categories to be found throughout this book.