(noun) “A form of government in which the governing body has absolute, or almost absolute, control. Typically this control is maintained by force, and little heed is paid to public opinion or the judicial system” (Wiktionary n.d.).
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- Plural: authoritarianisms
- Type: totalitarianism
- O’Donnell, Guillermo A. 1999. Counterpoints: Selected Essays on Authoritarianism and Democratization. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.