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power structure

noun
1.
the system of authority or influence in government, politics, education, etc.:
The state elections threatened to upset the existing power structure.
2.
the people who participate in such a system:
She hoped to become a part of the power structure.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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British Dictionary definitions for power-structure

power structure

noun
1.
the structure or distribution of power and authority in a community
2.
the people and groups who are part of such a structure
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