POL 101W Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Absolute Monarchy, Electoral Fraud, Benito Mussolini

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In historical records, democracy either did not exist or was viewed as undesirable. At least 75 states can be considered to have non democratic governments. People do not have a voice or control their governments in an effective way. The only reason people have power is because we consent to it. In non-democratic regimes, consent is broken at a broad level. Authoritarian regime: non-democratic governing systems that feature absolute rule over the population: people are prevented from choosing their government and influencing its decisions. Hybrid regimes: governing systems that are a mixture of democratic and non-democratic rule: hybrid governments typically gain and keep power through electoral fraud, corruption and legal manoeuvres. The principle difference between democracies and non-democracies is that only in the former can citizens change their government through a vote in a regularly scheduled election. In non-democratic systems, only organizations strongly aligned with the regime are allowed to operate.

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