Authoritarísm — (lat. autoitas — absolute rule), one of the forms of non-democratic (totalitarian) regimes. Is distinguished by mighty personal authority (dictatorship), concentration of power in the hands of narrow group of people close to the dictator. Authoritarism can be inherent to so-called «democratic states», where under the mask of sovereignty of the people, an oligarchic regime exists.
New democrats and liberals often use this term in order to name the regimes, that are not yet lost for democratic reforms and can be cured only by shock therapy, without resorting to the help of humanity missions (bombings). Belarus of the A. G. Lukashenko times can be an example of an аuthoritarian state.
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