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power base

noun
1.
a source of authority or influence, especially in politics, founded on support by an organized body of voters, ethnic minority, economic class, etc.:
His election as governor gives him a power base for seeking the presidency.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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  • He needs to increase his short area power base in order to do a better job of gaining leverage when taking on the bigger blockers.
  • Any contender for power will need a capacity to finance his challenge or the ability to take away from his colleagues' power base.
  • Maximum feasible participation was a way of turning the community action boards into a power base for the poor.
  • The president may have been trying to show that he has a mind and a power base of his own.
  • He has no power base of his own to call upon for support.
  • They are incented to build their power base at the expense of the rest of us.
  • The unions are already flexing their muscles in order to protect their public-sector power base.
  • The government is not dismounting democracy, but dismounting the post-communists' power base.
  • Explain the relationship of power base to the development leader of followers.
  • In addition, the administrator position power base can be critical for changing teacher behavior.

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