Timocracy

Constitutional theory defines a timocracy as either

  • a state where only property owners may participate in government, or
  • a government in which love of honor is the ruling principle.

The more extreme forms of timocracy, where power derives from wealth rather than honor, may shift in their form and become a plutocracy where the wealthy and powerful use their power to entrench their wealth.

Read more about Timocracy:  Etymology, Timocracy and Property, Timocracy and Honor

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Structure Of Plato's Republic - Topics - The Dialectical Forms of Government
... to considering four regimes that exist in reality and tend to degrade successively into each other timocracy, oligarchy (also called plutocracy), democracy and tyranny (also called despotism) ... Timocracy Socrates defines a timocracy as a government of people who love rule and honor ... Socrates argues that the timocracy emerges from aristocracy due to a civil war breaking out among the ruling class and the majority ...
Plato's Five Regimes - Timocracy
... Aristocracy degenerates into timocracy when, due to miscalculation on the part of its governed class, the next generation of guardians and ... A timocracy, in choosing its leaders, is "inclining rather to the more high-spirited and simple-minded type, who are better suited for war" ... The governants of timocracy value power, but they seek to attain it primarily by means of military conquest and the acquisition of honors, instead of intellectual means ...
Timocracy and Honor
... Republic, he describes four forms of unjust state, with timocracy as the second-most preferable of the four and closest to the ideal society ... of militarism often attaches to the honor-oriented timocracy ... This form of timocracy is very similar to meritocracy, in the sense that individuals of outstanding character or faculty are placed in the seat of power ...
The Republic (Plato) - Topics - The Dialectical Forms of Government
... four regimes that exist in reality and tend to degrade successively into each other timocracy, oligarchy (also called plutocracy), democracy and tyranny (also called despotism) ... Timocracy Socrates defines a timocracy as a government ruled by people who love honor and are selected according to the degree of honor they hold in society ...
Plato's Five Regimes - Oligarchy
... An oligarchy is originated by extending tendencies already evident in a timocracy ... That is how a timocracy becomes an oligarchy ... troubled than the former system, that of timocracy ...