04/07/16 How much do you know about ‘Governmental Forms’?

e-legal lesson

The English language abounds in words to denote almost every conceivable form of government, usually ending in either of the suffixes –cracy and –archy, e.g. clerisocracy (government by priests or scholars), democracy (=government by the people), diarchy (=government by two rulers), gerontocracy (=rule by elders), gynecocracy (=rule by women), monocracy (=rule by a single person), polyarchy (=government by many persons), plutocracy (=government by the wealthy), technocracy (=government by technicians). They have hundreds of similar terms, some very arcane and others more familiar, too numerous for inclusion here.