Today, whatever any teacher of Torah says in the name of Torah, it is most likely that the opposite is the case. The "kollels" are not different. Dens of thieves. [They lie about Torah to gain money people's obedience.]
There are I should mention a few islands of Torah like Ponovitch and the great NY Litvak yeshivas, but these kinds of places are rare, and they do no ask or require any kind of authority. The "prime directive" is simply this: "Whatever the Torah says, that is what we try to do." That is- there is no attempt to usurp authority from the Torah to themselves.
[This is relevant to the issue of representative government. That is the people in power ought to be people that have been elected by the people, not those who by other means have seized power. ]