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Dictators and Non-Democratic Governments

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Problems with Non-Democratic Governments

See Problems with dictatorship.

Examples of Non-Democratic Governments

The worlds non-democratic or significantly non-democratic nations are classified in the categories below. See also Oppressive Regimes.

Monarchies With More Than Symbolic Power (Royal Dictatorships)

This section includes all non-symbolic monarchies. In many, there are no elections of any kind. In others, there is elected legislative input, but substantial executive and/or judicial power resides in a hereditary leader or very small hereditarily determined oligarchy.


Countries With One Party Governments

Countries With Dictators

For these purposes dictators are described as leaders who hold power not won or subject to removal in periodic democratic elections, who are not in power by virtue in inherited position or the backing of a broad based single party system. Concrete steps putting these countries firmly on the path to multi-party democracy have not been taken.

Countries With Transitional Governments

The nations have not put into place a full set of elected officials through a free and fair electoral process although they are in the process of doing so, are merely in the process of appearing to do so, or have established some sort of multi-party consultative body by appointment.

Countries with Governments With Incomplete Control of their National Territories

See Also Countries with Flawed Democracies

Political Issues Involving Non-Democratic Governments

Should the U.S. Have Non-Democratic Allies?

As the listing above shows, many countries have non-democratic or "less than democratic" (anocratic) governments. Much of our manufacturing imports (think China) and much of our oil comes from these nations. Cooperation from other nations like Pakistan is important in achieving national goals like capturing Osama bin Laden and many of his important aides. Although Pakistan has been deliberately ineffective in this.

One theory suggests that the best way to bring the people of non-democratic nations to our way of thinking is to engage them and keep them exposed to "our world." Another suggests that the best way to transform non-democratic nations is to isolate them and crush them so that they have little choice but to reform if they want to advance. Unless we are willing to fall prey to the fallacy of the excluded middle there are other approaches to be taken. A combination of serving as a good example, patience, incentives and disincentives may assist in the democratization of non authoritarian regimes.

South Africa is an example of a country that democratized through international pressure. Liberalization of the economic and political situations in China is often attributed to the former source.

To the extent that we do deal with non-democracies, because we must, the United States needs to not compromise itself or its ideals any more than it has to in doing so.

Is Stable Non-Democratic Government Worse Than Coups and Corruption?

Did the Colonial Era End Too Abruptly Leading To Coups?

The vast majority of nations that received independence from colonial power started with brief periods of civilian democratic rule, but quickly saw those liberal democratic regimes dissolve into coups, one party rule and civil wars. This casts real doubt on the wisdom of the policy of colonial powers to grant independence immediately and en masse around 1960. The nations did gain independence, but the nature of the regimes that replaced colonial rule was, at best, no better than that of the colonial regime, and in many cases, far worse.

Four decades later, as we examine the end of the imperial era, the questions are what could have been done better and what lessons can be learned going forward?

What Should The U.S. Do To Spread Democracy?


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This page was last modified 23:40, 30 November 2013 by dKosopedia user PatriotismOverProfits. Based on work by Brian J. Cavanaugh, Nick Israel, Chad Lupkes and Andrew Oh-Willeke and dKosopedia user(s) BillObiang, BartFraden, Builderman, One of the people and Carl Nyberg. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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