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1. government by an individual with unrestricted authority
2. the unrestricted authority of such an individual
3. a country, society, etc., ruled by an autocrat


rule by one person, especially arbitrary or absolute rule. Compare ABSOLUTISM.



a form of government involving the unlimited and unchecked sovereignty of one individual in a state. The despotic monarchies of the ancient East, the tyrannical governments in some ancient Greek states, the Roman and Byzantine empires, and absolute monarchies of recent times were autocracies. The notion of autocracy was also used to designate unlimited authority in any given sphere of state activity. In contemporary literature, the notion of autocracy also designates political regimes characterized by the supreme power of a “leader” (Führer, duce, caudillo) who is not controlled by representative organs.


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Recognizing the fact that any separation of autocracy from democracy requires us to draw the line somewhere, we follow Persson and Tabellini (2009) and said that a country entered a period of autocratic rule when the Polity score was non-positive (i.
Discounting the murshidats as "civil servants who serve as window dressing for the King's agenda," she rejects the autocratic rule of the Monarchy and its pro-western orientation.
While a senior colleague who knew him during the era of his autocratic rule of Celtic, told me he could not imagine Jock Stein letting Boruc away with such shenanigans.
After almost two decades of institutional reforms, political regimes across sub-Saharan Africa are shifting away from autocratic rule.
Considering Hassan's autocratic rule, it is ironic that Hughes devotes the bulk of his narrative to Morocco's parliamentary politics with its alphabet soup of ineffective parties and paralyzed coalitions.
senior research scholar) and his colleagues detail in separate chapters charting recent social, political, economic, and foreign relations change, but the primary transition referred to in this book's title, and a major impetus for all the others, is the move from the autocratic rule of Suharto to the rise of democratic forms of government.
For a relatively few brief periods, it has enjoyed relatively benign autocratic rule, but never genuine self-rule and limited, constitutional government.
This display of impulsive, autocratic rule created a lot of unnecessary ill will among students and teachers.
Under Abdul Hamid's autocratic rule, the Ottomanists and Constitutionalists went into exile.
His successful business endeavours, his nationalistic posture and daring confrontation of the autocratic rule of Dr.