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A dictatorship is typified by a single ruler (or ruling body) with absolute authority over the administration of the state. Use this tag to discuss this system of government or the politics of dealing with these states.

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Does Przeworski et al.'s alternation rule imply the U.S. during Roosevelt administration shall be categorized as dictatorship?

In Przeworski et al.'s Democracy and Development: Political Institutions and Well-Being in the World, 1950-1990 (pages 28-29), four rules for regime classification are proposed: A regime is ...
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Question about democracy and regime - Przeworski et al

In Przeworski et al.'s Democracy and Development: Political Institutions and Well-Being in the World, 1950-1990 (page 18-19), the authors stated: ... by "regime" we mean the system of ...
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To what extent can citizens of democracies be held responsible for the acts of their governments?

The United States has often the case used the justification of removing a dictator as a reason to go to war. This has inflicted untold suffering onto the peoples of many nations. This brings into ...
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What prompts dictatorships to often target and oppress religions?

The commission also voiced alarm over regulations on religious practice in the Muslim-majority country under President Ilham Aliyev, including a requirement that all religious groups be registered and ...
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What does North Korea gain from making voting compulsory?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting What does North Korea gain by making voting compulsory? North Korea doesn't have a democracy, and yet, it practices compulsory voting. What does North ...
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Why do soldiers not rebel in impoverished dictatorships?

Why do countries like the DPRK exist? why do people not spontaneously organize into a decentralized structure. Alas rulers/dictators either dead or alive have always been supported by an army. Kim ...
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What was the most succesful military dictatorship in the last 200 years in terms of economic growth?

Military dictatorships are controlled by military officers. I am wondering which military dictatorship was the most economically successful, you can use any figure like GDP growth, GDP per capita, GDP ...
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Are there any examples of a king or dictator choosing to give up power by moving towards a more democratic governmental system?

I'm looking for examples, if any, where the head of a government actively strove to move towards a more democratic system, despite doing so requiring them to give up personal power. I'd accept any ...
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Why was Turkey able to remove military establishment, but Pakistan weren't?

I know that the military establishment is defeated in Turkey by Erdogan, his party, and his supporters. What is the reason that the military's dominance, meddling, or control in politics doesn't end ...
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What all has to happen in post-2023 election Thailand before it can have a new prime minister?

After some surprisingly strong support for "change" seen ...on 14 May 2023 to elect 500 members of the House of Representatives... Wikipedia's 2023 Thai general election; Government ...
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Must authoritarian leaders reduce their population to emaciated slaves struggling for survival?

Authoritarian leaders are not generally known for their meekness. Most, if not all will generally deprive their population of various civic liberties, attempt to stomp any opposition by any means ...
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To what extent (if any) does Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi answer reporters' questions, or at least appear to?

CNN's June 22, 2023 Biden makes trade-offs and Modi steps out of his comfort zone during elaborate state visit at White House includes the following: But Modi, for one of the only times since he ...
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What is the significance of the non-dictatorship principle in Arrow's theorem, and does this example fit the definition of a dictator? [duplicate]

Arrow's non-dictatorship principle states that "no single voter possesses the power to always determine the group's preference." I am unsure if I am missing some nuance from this definition, ...
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Why is Singapore currently considered to be a dictatorial regime and a multi-party democracy by different publications?

The 2011 parliamentary election clearly demonstrated that Singapore has transformed into a competitive authoritarian regime. Not only did the ruling People’s Action Party’s share of the popular vote ...
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How can a dictator be removed when they don't have any challengers?

Take, for example, Bangladesh's sitting PM Sheikh Hasina. She has strong political backing from India as they played an active role in removing the army-backed government and putting her in power in ...
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What did Putin do to ensure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it?

What did Putin do to ensure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it? https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2022-05-25/new-punishments-await-...
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Russia: a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma [closed]

In 1939 Winston Churchill described Russia as: a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma I'm curious to try to understand Russian invasion of Ukraine from the perspective of the Russians ...
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Post World War 2, did any country successfully annex territory of another sovereign country by force and retain it?

This article claims: Wartime land grabs tend to end badly for tyrants, historian warns The central thesis is as follows: “If a conquest is recognized internationally, the conqueror has a chance to ...
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Why are there so few democratic governments with multiple rulers?

What I mean is most governments with multiple rulers are tribal communities, dictatorships, and monarchic coalitions. Governments with multiple rulers are duumvirates/diarchies, triumvirates/...
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Does a policy of mutually assured destruction favor rogue states?

I wondered if a policy of mutually assured destruction favors rogue states. I think it is fair to assume that a rogue nuclear state would have less regard for its people and their life and wellbeing ...
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How does one oppose a dictatorship, with no resources? [closed]

Imagine the following situation: you live in a large country that has been ruled for a whole generation by a dictator. There is only a semblance of civil institutions, but in fact all courts follow ...
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In general, is the ineffectivness to provide basic standards of living of authoritarian states more attributable to malice or incompetence? [closed]

I think it's fair to say that with the possible exception of the richer parts of China, life under authoritarian regimes tends to be pretty terrible. Sometimes that is by design, like in North Korea ...
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Why didn’t the Framers of the US Constitution clarify who has the power to suspend habeas corpus?

It seems awfully strange to mention a very strong power, that if used improperly could destroy American democracy, and not say who can invoke it. Why?
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What is a "democratic dictatorship", and how is it not a a contradiction in terms?

I recently read that China's constitution refers to it as "a socialist state under the people's democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants.&...
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Why are regimes much harsher on mere civilians than their famous leaders?

Looking at events in places like Belarus, the Russian Empire, and modern Russia, it seems like there is more cruelty to mere civilians that to their leaders when those leaders are captured. The Tsar ...
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Why do (some) dictator colonels not appoint themselves general?

I get the distinct impression that many dictators bear the military rank of colonel - for example, Muammar Gadaffi held the rank of colonel while ruling Libya (and is indeed more commonly known in the ...
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What's the largest territory where all power within the jurisdiction belongs to a single elected official?

I'm looking for the largest territory (by population) which satisfies the following criteria: A single person has all the decision making power in their hands, constrained only by whatever powers are ...
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Has anyone gained power via election fraud?

Elections are generally associated with democracy, but they do happen in dictatorships as well. The difference is that the election result in a dictatorship is manipulated to confirm the current ...
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When the dictators execute the coup and become the head of the country do they pay the international debts of country?

There are so many coups happened in the history, and many of them in 20th century only, and after every coup a single man becomes the main head of the country, often called as dictator. My question is ...
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When does it become in an authoritarian ruler's interest for the country to become totalitarian?

There have been many totalitarian nations throughout history, such as Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin's rule, China under Mao Zedong, Italy under Benito Mussolini, and the modern-day North ...
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Why do we see some highly educated technocrats as advisers to dictators?

I observed that dictators often appoint highly educated and qualified technocrats as advisors or spokespersons. For example, Dr. Gowher Rizvi, advisor to Sheikh Hasina, Ph.D. from Oxford University. ...
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How do dictators maintain their grip on power?

Take, for example, Alexander Lukashenko. He is in power for the last 26 years. How does he maintain the chain of command? Why do his ministers obey him? Why do bureaucrats obey him? Why does the Army ...
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Why might the military be more useful in controlling the masses than the police?

In reading Dictators and Dictatorship: Understanding Authoritarian Regimes and Their Leaders, I came across this paragraph : the Cold War period was particularly amenable to military dictatorship “...
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Why don't right-wing dictators crown themselves king?

So, something that seems odd to me is that while there are a number of dictatorships around the world, very few of them have the dictator deciding to crown themselves as a monarch, despite the veneer ...
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Which dictators has Trump had meetings with during his presidency?

Donald Trump claims he has to meet with "presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens – I don’t know, somehow I don’t see it [referring to wearing a face mask] for myself." Besides the safe ...
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What rationale could be given for the Hungarian coronavirus bill, apart from constructing a dictatorship?

It is widely considered that the passing of the corona virus bill in Hungary is a huge step towards dictatorship. (See, for example, here: https://www.politico.eu/article/hungary-viktor-orban-rule-by-...
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What makes North Koreans to never manifest any rebellion or movement for democracy or civil rights? How come Kim Jong-un so successful at this?

How come North Koreans never rebel for democracy against the autocratic rule, whereas almost every other country in the world has successfully seen or is rebelling against the authoritarianism in some ...
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Why do world governments allow North Korea to continue to exist with it's current government? [closed]

I was recently listening to the story of a North Korean defector that was born and raised in internment camp #14. Hearing about the horrendous conditions, the brutal treatment of people, and the ...
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What is the neutral way to establish a Democracy? [closed]

It seems to me that there is no neutral way to establish a Democracy. When there are unavoidable threats to a Dictatorship or a Monarchy , the Dictator or King (whom I will call DK in short) may call ...
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Are Russian, North Korean and other countries' show of strength aimed for a domestic or international audience?

I don't know if I'm asking this on a correct site but here it goes. I've noticed this trend on many occasions. Examples: recently Russia announced the start of production of new "superweapons" such as ...
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What sort of assistance has Russia provided to back up Venezuelan leaders during previous periods of instability?

A report has come out today that Russia has sent military contractors to help the security of Maduro's regime amidst the current rancor. (source) Is this in line with assistance it has provided during ...
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Why do dictators give such long speeches?

As reported in The Economist this week: Nicolás Maduro was sworn in for a second term as Venezuela’s president. He then gave a speech which lasted nearly four hours. Four hours! Fidel Castro was ...
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How is corruption thematically related to the ascension of a dictatorship?

I heard that some dictators, including Hitler, used the theme "we must end corruption" as a means to gain popularity and install their dictatorship more easily. Is this true? If so, what's the ...
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Why do one party states hold elections? [duplicate]

A comment on this question led me to think. Why do one party states hold elections? And why is voter turnout so important to them?
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What are the arguments to say that there is a non-democratic government in Venezuela?

After the recent presidential elections in Venezuela on May 20th, despite lots of international and neutral observers, most media keep saying that the elections were corrupted. Besides, most media ...
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?

I grew up in a country where we were not allowed to leave/travel to an other country even when we were able to do so – we had the resources and dual nationality. After two decades I still can't ...
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Are calls for book burnings usually made directly or indirectly?

It has happened from time to time that an emerging dictatorship would whip its followers into a frenzy to burn books. If one were to ignore the unethical part of it, it makes sense from a purely ...
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What can a democratic government do that an autocrat cannot? [closed]

I mean to ask are there any actions that an autocrat wouldn't have the ability to do but a democrat(small d) would. For instance prohibition, conscription or a hike in the tax rate. Things that would ...
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What would stop a representative democracy becoming a dictatorship?

In a representative democracy, those elected pass laws for the country. If a political party had a majority in the relevant legislature(s), could that party use its majority to write a law that ...
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Is enfranchisement the answer to the middle east problem, or is dictatorship necessary for stability in the region? [closed]

There are examples to show that the government acts to moderate the wishes of the population at large. In case of a democracy, the religious mindset of the people would translate into policies that ...
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