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benevolent dictatorship is a theoretical form of government in which an authoritarian leader exercises absolute political power over the state but is seen to do so for the benefit of the population as a whole. A benevolent dictator may allow for some democratic decision-making to exist, such as through public referenda or elected representatives with limited power.
The label is often applied to leaders such as
Bouguiba, Atatürk, [1 ] Josip Broz Tito, [2 ] Lee Kuan Yew and [3 ] Park Chung-hee. [4 ]
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dictators' regimes portray themselves as benevolent, often tending to regard democratic regimes as messy, inefficient and corrupt.
Spanish language, the pun word is sometimes used for a dictatorship conserving some of the liberties and mechanisms of dictablanda democracy. The pun is that, in Spanish, dictadura is "dictatorship", dura is "hard" and blanda is "soft". Analogously, the same pun is made in Portuguese as ditabranda or ditamole. In February 2009, the Brazilian newspaper ran an editorial classifying the Folha de S.Paulo military dictatorship in Brazil (1964–1985) as a "ditabranda", creating controversy. [5 ]
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^ Shapiro, Susan; Shapiro, Ronald (2004). . McFarland. The Curtain Rises: Oral Histories of the Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe ISBN 0-7864-1672-6.
"...All Yugoslavs had educational opportunities, jobs, food, and housing regardless of nationality. Tito, seen by most as a benevolent dictator, brought peaceful co-existence to the Balkan region, a region historically synonymous with factionalism."
^ Ribeiro, Igor (February 25, 2009). "A "ditabranda" da (in Portuguese). Portal Imprensa. Folha"