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An electocracy is a political system where citizens are able to vote for their government but cannot participate directly in governmental decision making and where the government does not share any power. In contrast to democracy where citizens are able to participate in the making of decisions that affect them, electocracy sees decision-making limited to an elected individual or group who may then govern in an arbitrary and unaccountable manner until the next election.

Iraq has been cited as an example of an electocracy[1] as has Thailand before the coup of 2006.[2]


  1. ^ "Hypocrisy in sowing democracy" - The Boston Globe
  2. ^ Kasian Tejapira. “Toppling Thaksin.” New Left Review. 39 (May–June 2006):5-37.

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