Discussion of An Autocratic System of Government

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Discussion of An Autocratic System of Government

Whilst the distinction of autocracy stands firmly up against its

co-stars; -democracy, theocracy, monarchy and many others, the

autocratic system of government has had the burden as well of standing

up for itself from its many eye-brow raising critics. This happens

arguably more so often than others simply because the prevailing

qualities of autocracy are constantly being overshadowed by its

apparent flaws and disapproval of political thinkers. As with the many

other forms of government, the never ending debate of pros and cons

seems endless, yet it is still evident that there is a strong sense

that autocracy has no place in this day of age. There are many

perspectives and angles as to why one state would choose one or the

other as their form of rule because this directly relates to the

countries' history, social and economic growth. People do not have

time to inspect these details thus having already developed a basic

schema of thought with regards to autocracy. With dictatorships, or an

autocratic government, the average person in our present society may

only understand them as bad things. But it is in this view that I will

attempt to give a clearer understanding of what autocracy is and how

it is interpreted in its applications in comparison to other forms of


There are many branches to the definition of autocracy. Terms such as

tyranny and despotism are essentially similar. Dissecting 'autocracy'

even further, you would also encounter authoritarianism and

totalitarianism. But in essence, autocracy is invested in the

interests of the countries' ruler and not of those...

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... states but as well as a clearer

understanding of autocracy and its interpretations.


[1] Mark O. Dickerson, Introductory Readings in Government and

Politics (Scarborough: International Thompson Publishing, 1995), pg.


[2] Mark O. Dickerson, An Introduction to Government & Politics

(Scarborough: Nelson Thomson Learning, 2002) pg. 318

[3] Ibid. pg. 262

[4] Anne Munro-Kua, Authoritarian Populism in Malaysia, (New York: St.

Martin's Press Inc, 1996) pg. 34

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid. pg. 9

[7] Ibid. pg. 8

[8] Ibid. pg. 6

[9] Gordon Tullock, Autocracy, (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers,

1987) pg. 12

[10] Barrington Moore. Jr. Social Origins of Dictatorship and

Democracy, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1966) pg. 522.
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