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-cracy

(word root) rule, government
Examples of words with the root -cracy: democracy

-cracy

suff.
Government; rule: meritocracy.

[French -cratie, from Old French, from Late Latin -cratia, from Greek -kratiā, from kratos, strength, power; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]

-cracy

n combining form
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) indicating a type of government or rule: plutocracy; mobocracy. See also -crat
[from Greek -kratia, from kratos power]

-cracy

a combining form meaning “rule,” “government” by the agent specified by the initial element: democracy; theocracy. Compare -crat.
[< Middle French -cracie (now -cratie) < Late Latin -cratia < Greek -kratia=krát(os) rule, strength, might + -ia -y3]
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But no democracy, bureaucracy, or any other form of "-cracy" (which is derived from the Greek kratos, meaning "power") is good when tastes concerning nonpublic goods are concerned: Joe's preference for white chocolate and Alice's preference for dark chocolate are nobody's business.
The "-cracy" part relates to power or strength, while "ethnos" is tribe and "demos" is people.
"What is at stake is a fundamental shift from the very unsettling force implied in the '-cracy' of democracy, to an '-archy' (of oligarchy, monarchy) that is some form of legitimated, grounded power."