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power structure

the system of authority or influence in government, politics, education, etc.:
The state elections threatened to upset the existing power structure.
the people who participate in such a system:
She hoped to become a part of the power structure.
1945-50 Unabridged
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  • But the rural power structure has changed little since commune days.
  • How benign and kind the regime is depends on where one stands in the power structure.
  • Some observers speculate that as the civilian power structure weakens, the army will play a larger role.
  • Still, certain truths have emerged with some clarity from the enduring opacity of the country's revolutionary power structure.
  • Perhaps it's simply the case that life at the top of the power structure is naturally anxiety-inducing.
British Dictionary definitions for power structure

power structure

the structure or distribution of power and authority in a community
the people and groups who are part of such a structure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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