Sociology Index

Military Dictatorship

Democracy, Fascism, Totalitarianism

In a military dictatorship, political power resides with the military. Similar to a Stratocracy, in a military dictatorship a state is  ruled directly by the military. Military dictatorships are a result of a coup d'état. Military dictatorship may be official or unofficial and may not qualify as stratocratic.

Military dictatorships is contrasted with Communist State. In Communist states, the center of power rests among civilian party officials. In a Communist state, civilian party officials head the government. In a military dictatorship the dictatorship is government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed. Dictatorship is a contrast to democracy.

Unlike a military dictatorship, in a stratocracy the state and the military are the same and government positions are occupied by military leaders. Unlike a military dictatorship, stratocracy is government headed by military chiefs. Stratocracy is not a military dictatorship where the military's political power is not enforced or even supported by other laws. The military's political power is supported by law and the society. Stratocracy does not have to be autocratic by nature in order to preserve its right to rule.

In military dictatorship political power resides with the military as in a stratocracy, a state ruled directly by the military.

Military dictatorships are a result of a coup d'état. Military dictatorship may be official or unofficial and may not qualify as stratocratic.

Military dictatorships is contrasted with Communist State. In Communist states, the center of power rests among civilian party officials.