-crat, -cracy, -cratic, -cratism, -cratically, -cracies

(Greek: a suffix; to govern, to rule; government, strength, power, might, authority)

Good laws derive from evil habits.

—Macrobius

Two characteristics of government are that it cannot do anything quickly, and that it never knows when to quit.

—Jeremy Thorpe
plutodemocracy (s) (noun), plutodemocracies (pl)
A country or a government that masquerades or claims, or has claimed, to be a democracy but where power actually is controlled by those who are rich: "Many of the governments that have emerged from former colonial states claimed to be democracies but they were really plutodemocracies."
plutodemocratic (adjective) (not comparable)
A term that describes a country or state which claims to be a democracy but where the real power lies with those who are wealthy: "The plutodemocratic government was nervous because it was facing open elections, allowing not only the affluent to vote or to be elected; but also, those who were from the average economic status."
polycracy
A government of many rulers; polyarchy.
polycratism
A reference to a government by many rulers.
psephocracy
The form of government that results from an election by ballot; representative government.
ptochocracy (s) (noun), ptochocracies (pl)
Government by beggars, the rule of paupers: Ptochocracy consists of a governing body of the poor; loosely, the poor as a class.
Quotes: Bureaucracy, Bureaucrats, Part 1
After all is said and done, more is said than done: bureaucratic quotes.
Quotes: Bureaucracy, Bureaucrats, Part 2
After all is said and done, more is said than done: bureaucratic quotes.
sociocracy
Collective government or government by society as a whole.
statocracy
1. Government by the army; military rule; a polity in which the army is the controlling power.
2. A government by armed, or military, forces; especially, the army.
3. Government or rule by the state alone, uncontrolled by ecclesiastical power.
stratocratic
1. A reference to a government by the army; military rule; a polity in which the army is the controlling power.
2. A description relating to a government or the rule by the state alone, uncontrolled by ecclesiastical power.
technocracy, Technocracy
1. A social system in which scientists, engineers, and technicians have high social standing and political power.
2. A philosophy that advocates the enlistment of a bureaucracy of highly trained engineers, scientists, or technicians to run the government and society.
3. The control of society or industry by technical experts; a ruling body of such experts.

No nation has yet been governed as a technocracy, and the concept has been criticized as excessively materialistic and inadequately attuned to social, psychological, and artistic considerations.

—J. N. Hook, The Grand Panjandrum & 1,999 Other Rare, Useful,
and Delightful Words and Expressions.

Technocracy historically was a school of thought originating in the United States in the 1930s, arguing that the nation could be rescued from the Great Depression if politicians were replaced by scientists and engineers having the technical expertise to manage the nation's economy and natural resources.

Technocracy used growth and decline curves to predict a wide range of societal trends.

Dictionary of Energy; published by Elsevier;
Oxford, U.K.; 2006; page 437.
technocratic
1. A reference to a bureaucrat who is intensively trained in engineering, economics, or some form of technology.
2. A proponent of government by technicians.
3. A member of a technocracy, a technologist exercising administrative power in government, etc.
technocratism
1. The system of control of society or industry by technical experts; a ruling body of such experts.
2. A theory and movement of the 1930’s advocating the control of production and distribution by technicians and engineers.
teleocracy
An organization designed to fulfill a specific purpose.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "master, lead, leading, ruler, ruling, govern": -agogic; agon-; arch-; dom-; gov-; magist-; poten-; regi-; tyran-.