power-structure

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:
1945–50

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power structure
 
n
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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