anakkale for What we should consider as unique to political power, as conceptually intrinsic to it, Gianfranco Poggi observes, is control over the means of violence, rather than the direct and frequent recourse to their employment.9 Along with Weber, Poggi maintains that control of the means of violence is a defining characteristic of a political regime. The extent to which a regime must frequently rely on the actual use of force, however, demonstrates its political weakness. Well functioning states generate economic incentives and build upon common values to maintain order, strengthen community and achieve prosperity. That is to say, they engage multiple forms of political power to achieve their goals. In the absence of underlying coercive apparatuses, however, such political power could not sustain itself. Political theories must account for this complex relationship between political power and force. anakkale 2016.