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Civics Vocab

Civics vocabulary terms

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Confederation Form of power sharing where the local governments hold all of the power.
Federal Form of power sharing where the central government and local government share power. Each is given certain rights and responsibility.
Unitary Form of power sharing where the central government has all of the power.
Oligarchic A form of citizen participation where a select few have all the political rights.
Democratic A form of citizen participation where all citizens have voting rights.
Autocratic A form of citizen participation where one person holds all of the power.
Monarchy Form of government where a ruler has supreme power, usually for life and by right of birth.
Republic Form of government where supreme power is in a constitution with the goal of protecting the rights of each citizen. The people’s elected representatives vote on legislation.
Presidential Democracy Form of government where the leader is directly elected by all citizens and then forms the government by selecting people to fill important roles.
Dictatorship Form of government in which power is held by one person who has complete control of all government decisions. Power is usually gained and kept with force.
Islamic Republic Form of government ruled by Islamic beliefs and laws with some voting power in the hands of the people.
Communism Form of government in which the government owns all resources and there is limited political and economic freedom for the citizens.
Theocracy Form of government where God is recognized as the highest authority, but laws are interpreted by religious leaders.
Parliamentary Democracy Form of government where the elected group with the most representatives in the legislature forms the government and this group’s leader becomes the head of the executive branch of the country.
Created by: Shaver on 2012-02-28



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