More documents from Merkel, Wolfgang
More documents from Totalitarismus und Demokratie

Export to your Reference Manger

Please Copy & Paste



Bookmark and Share

Totalitäre Regimes

Totalitarian regimes
[journal article]

Merkel, Wolfgang

fulltextDownloadDownload full text

(174 KByte)

Citation Suggestion

Please use the following Persistent Identifier (PID) to cite this document:

Further Details
Abstract "The development of the term and the analytical concept of totalitarianism have gone through several stages since the 1920s. However, even in its most sophisticated form, the version seen in Friedrich/ Brzezinski, the concept exhibits substantial systematic classification problems and analytical weaknesses. This article attempts to frame the type of totalitarian regime within a general typology of political regimes. Special attention is dedicated to the problem of distinguishing autocratic from democratic rule, and of carving out the systematic difference between authoritarian and totalitarian regimes within the basic type of autocracy. Despite a systematic typology, all grey zones between the basic types cannot be clarified. Therefore, the typology should be complemented by a continuum on which regimes as they exist in reality, can be placed between the polar types of 'ideal democracy' and 'perfect totalitarianism'." (author's abstract)
Keywords totalitarianism; regime; dictatorship; democracy; political system; authoritarian system; domination
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science; Political System, Constitution, Government
Document language German
Publication Year 2004
Page/Pages 183–201 p.
Journal Totalitarismus und Demokratie, 1 (2004) 2
ISSN 1612-9008
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications