In an autocratic society, political influence dominates economic decisions. i.e. the politicians (such as a dictator) will dominate business decisions.
In a democratic society, financial influence dominates political decisions. i.e. the business community (such as all the lobby groups) are more likely to dominate political decisions.
Australia is a democratic society. Here, after winning the office, politicians tend to be spokesmen for their political campaign masters (i.e. donors) or lobbying organizations such as businesses, especially the largest businesses. Hence you have a tendency to see governments in a democratic culture bailing out the “too big to fail” businesses (such as what occurred in the US and Europe), and not necessarily acting for the little people who have less direct impact.