shadow government

shadow government (plural shadow governments)

  1. A government-in-waiting that is prepared to take control in response to certain events, especially one made up of the leadership of the largest opposition party in parliament, which would assume control should the ruling party be displaced in elections.
  2. A (real or conspiracy theorized) body of private individuals who exercise actual power behind the scenes instead of a country's or organization's public figureheads, such as a state within a state or deep state.
Synonyms Translations
  • German: Schattenregierung

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