one-party system, one-party state

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one-party system, one-party state

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one-party rule

a political system and state in which a single POLITICAL PARTY rules and where opposition political parties are not permitted or are precluded from rule. As well as being a feature, until recently, of eastern European socialist and communist states and of other systems based on Marxism (see also VANGUARD PARTY), one-party systems have also been introduced by rulers in developing societies in which the existence of ethnic and tribal divisions (rather than modern class divisions) are claimed to provide an unsuitable basis for two-party or multi-party democracies (compare STABLE DEMOCRACY).