Authoritarian is one of the political personality dimensions examined in the political personality quiz. Those who act in an authoritarian manner are known as autocrats.
The opposite of an autocrat is a democrat.
The choice between autocratic and democratic processes is distinct from the policies we advocate. People have an internalized concept of â€œfreedomâ€ and what degree of arbitrary authority is â€œnormalâ€. One who favors the autocratic, in the context of democratic institutions, is in favor of giving elected officials or designated authorities more latitude in exercising their judgement and implementing an agenda of their choosing. In the autocrats perspective, being elected is a "mandate to rule".