Authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by strong central power and limited political freedoms.

Political freedom is a central concept in history and political thought and one of the most important features of democratic societies.

A government is the system by which a state or community is controlled.

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Juan Linz's influential 1964 description of authoritarianism characterized authoritarian political systems by four qualities:

Juan José Linz was a Spanish sociologist and political scientist.

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limited political pluralism; that is, such regimes place constraints on political institutions and groups like legislatures, political parties and interest groups;

Pluralism as a political philosophy is the recognition and affirmation of diversity within a political body, which permits the peaceful coexistence of different interests, convictions and lifestyles.

A legislature is a deliberative assembly with the authority to make laws for a political entity such as a country or city.

Advocacy groups use various forms of advocacy in order to influence public opinion and/or policy.


a basis for legitimacy based on emotion, especially the identification of the regime as a necessary evil to combat "easily recognizable societal problems" such as underdevelopment or insurgency;

In economics, underdevelopment is when resources are not used to their full socio-economic potential, with the result that local or regional development is slower in most cases than it should be, specially compare with the investment and innovation in countries that surround it.

An insurgency is a rebellion against authority when those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents.


minimal social mobilization most often caused by constraints on the public such as suppression of political opponents and anti-regime activity;

Mass mobilization refers to mobilization of civilian population as part of contentious politics.


informally defined executive power with often vague and shifting powers.

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