The typology establishes that power does not exist unless one individual expresses it and another receives it. Among the strengths attributed to the French and Raven typology is that it acknowledges the people in control. The acknowledgment is that as long as your rank is lower in the criminal justice system, you have to respect the power holders. The other strength of the typology is that power-holders can gain conformity from the recipients of power by utilizing reward power.
The typology facilitates an opportunity for control to be explored as relationships and interactions between recipients and holders. With this comes the possibility of establishing a common platform where both the recipient and the holder can understand. The weakness of the typology is that it might be used as a way through which holders manipulate recipients. From the chapter, the form of manipulation exists in that workers have to do what they are told to receive their pay.