What Is Coercive Power In Behavior Change?

Coercive power is a type of power that is based on the use of threats or punishment to influence the behavior of others. It is often contrasted with other forms of power, such as reward power (which is based on the ability to offer incentives or rewards to influence behavior) and legitimate power (which is based on an individual’s position or role in an organization).

Coercive power can be exercised by individuals or groups, and it is often used in situations where other forms of power are not effective. It can be effective in the short term, but it can also be damaging to relationships and can lead to resentment and resistance.

Coercive power is generally considered to be a less effective and less desirable form of power, as it relies on negative consequences to influence behavior and can create a climate of fear and mistrust. It is often used as a last resort, when other forms of power have been exhausted or are not available.

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