by Hannah Hohman

Oligarchy government is a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution.

Pros: Can allow most people to focus on their day-to-day lives, instead of issues that concern the society as a whole. Decisions are made more quickly, because there is no need for the people or representatives to vote.

Cons: Some people are not considered when making laws. And laws are passed in favor of the influential people.


"The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy."
- Charles de Montesquieu

"for it is conflict combined with consent, not consent alone, which preserves democracy from eroding into oligarchy."

-Moses I. Finley

Countries that use oligarchy:

China & North Korea





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