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date: 06 October 2022


The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World
PÁdraig CarmodyPÁdraig Carmody

Authoritarianism is a system of government centered on the strict subjection of citizens to the authority of the state. Authoritarian states limit individual autonomy and circumscribe civil and political rights, such as freedom of speech and assembly, or the right to vote. Often these restrictions are imposed in the name of the collective good. There is a heavy reliance on oppressive measures, and on the military and police for their enforcement. Relations between states or other actors of unequal power capabilities, which are sometimes based on coercion and force, may also be authoritarian.... ...

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