The government had mostly all of the control in Rome.
Let’s just take a step back and analyze the underlying causes of the destruction of the Roman Empire, who or what was really responsible for their resolution? T he once fearsome Roman Empire kneeled to the power of political and economic corruption, foreign invasions, along with natural disasters and diseases.
The Roman Empire was assumed Rome lacks the natural borders some ancient civilizations such as Greece possessed.
When the empire stopped expanding, they couldn't get that much money for the empire. The establishment of the system welfare made people not want to work.
The government had to put a lot of money into the empire, to maintain the safety of the city. They would still get paid even if they just sat at home all day.