Authoritarian


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Authoritarian

A person who believes in or is involved with a political or economic system characterized by submission to authority, whether it is a person, party, or class. In an authoritarian society, the individuals exist to serve the state or ruling power. The authority may rule arbitrarily; that is, it is not bound by its own laws. This concept is opposed to democracy, individualism, and the rule of law. Democratic societies are thought to offer greater impetus for long-term economic growth, although authoritarian counterexamples exist.
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One possible, though speculative, explanation is that men in these countries feel threatened by the additional economic and political competition from women and become authoritarian to deal with these changes," Brandt said.
Professor Frykenberg's pithy formulation distinguishing states from the governments that run them (or in authoritarian settings, the regimes that run them) proves useful for understanding why.
It has not been based on dialogue, understanding, supporting civil society and empowering people, but rather it's been based on supporting authoritarian systems as long as the oil keeps pumping.
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