those persons or groups in a nation, city, organization, etc. who through economic, social, and institutional position constitute the actual ruling power
- An elite group constituted by people holding influential positions within a government, society, or organization.
- A hierarchy of managerial authority: sought to advance within the company's power structure.
(countable and uncountable, plural power structures)
- A system of authoritative power in an institution.
- Those who participate in such a system.