PREFERRED TERM
absolutism  
DEFINITION
  • Absolutism is a historical term for a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute authority, unrestricted by any other institution, such as churches, estates, a constitution, laws, or opposition. The Reformation of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries caused erosion of monarchical power and the rise of libertarian democratic sentiment in feudal Europe. [Source: The Encyclopedia of Political Science; Absolutism]
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https://concepts.sagepub.com/social-science/concept/absolutism
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