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Classical_roots 01

Classical roots of the vocabulary of Politics

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aristocracy the government of a state by its best citizens, later by the rich and well born, hence the sense 'nobility'
despot a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.
monarchy a form of government with one king at the head
draconian (of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe
bureaucracy a system of government in which most of the important decisions are taken by state officials rather than by elected representatives
anarchy absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal
theocracy a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god
democracy a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives
tyrant a cruel and oppressive ruler
oligarchy a small group of people having control of a country or organization
plutocracy government by the wealthy
gerontocracy a state, society, or group governed by old people
kleptocracy A corrupt and dishonest government characterised by greed
ostracism exclusion from a society or group
politics the activities associated with the governance of a country or area
strategy a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim
government the group of people with the authority to govern a country or state
Created by: domenechino on 2012-02-17



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