Forms of Government Analysis of governmental form dates back to the days of Aristotle. Aristotle divided the forms of government into three groups. The first was tyranny (or the rule of a single individual. The second was the rule of oligarchy or the rule of the few. The third category was democracy or the rule of the people. A. Tyranny, Authoritarianism, and Totalitarianism Robertson (1989:334), while distinguishing between authoritarianism and totalitarianism, maintains that authoritarian types of governments tolerate little or no public opposition, but they will negotiate with other groups who may or may not support the existing government. Other groups may include business interests, religious interests, or class interests. Included in authoritarian type governments would be monarchies, dictatorships, or Juntas. Authoritarian governments also tend to be short lived. This means that the transition to democracy is possible. Totalitarian governments are also authoritarian, but unlike authoritarian governments,
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