Forms of Government

  • Gerard O’Donnell
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series (MMSS)


Totalitarian governments are the usual forms of government both in the past and in the modern world. Essentially a totalitarian state is a country controlled by one man—‘an autocracy’, or a group—‘an oligarchy’. Because the power of any state rests ultimately on its armed forces those filling key roles in totalitarian states are very often members of the military.


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© Gerard O’Donnell 1985

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