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Government Terms

Autocratic One person = Total power; Citizens have NO power; example include absolute monarchies and dictatorships
Oligarchic Government by the few; Citizen have little power in government
Democratic People have the power – Citizens participate in government through voting
Unitary Power flows from the central government to the local governments. Central government has the ultimate power.
Confederation Power flows from the local governments to the central government. Local governments have ultimate power. Membership is voluntary. Members usually come together to achieve a common goal. Examples –EU, Commonwealth Nations
Federal Power is divided or split between different levels of government. Some power is shared between both levels of government.
Parliamentary The majority in the House of Commons selects the head of government (prime minister). The executive and legislative branches are linked because the prime minister is in both the legislative and the executive branches of government.
Presidential The executive and legislative branches are separated. The president is located only in the executive branch.
Created by: smmhr5