Paternalism is a method of controlling a group of people or a country similar to that of a father/child relationship.
An example of paternalism is a commune being run by one man in charge.
a manner, often a patronizing or domineering one, of governing a country, managing employees, etc. that is suggestive of a father's relationship to his children
Origin of paternalismpaternal + -ism
A policy or practice of treating or governing people in a fatherly manner, especially by providing for their needs without giving them rights or responsibilities.
(countable and uncountable, plural paternalisms)
paternal +"Ž -ism