What Is Autocracy, What Does It Mean?June 28, 2021
Autocracy is a form of government in which the ruler holds all the political power. Autocracy is essentially a type of monarchy. In autocracy, too, the ruler holds all the political powers alone; However, in autocracy, unlike the monarchy, the administration was not inherited from the person, it was seized by force.
Based on this, it can be said that the main feature of autocratic (commandatory) regimes is that the administrations impose what is good, right and beautiful according to themselves on the people. The main feature of democratic (participatory) regimes is that the people decide what is good, right and beautiful for them. In democracies, it is the distinctive feature of these regimes that they use their representatives to convey the solutions they produce to the problems of the society to the administrations.
Compiled by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology Lecture Notes for Grade 1 “Introduction to Philosophy” and Grade 3 “History of Contemporary Philosophy” (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook