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Types of Governments

Different types of governments

Democracy Any form of government in which political power is exercised by all citizens, either directly or through elected representatives.
Two types of Democracy? Define. Direct Democracy: All citizens have a chance to participate in the gov't. People directly control laws and create laws. Representative Democracy (Republic): By the people, who elect representatives to run their country. Usually bound by a constitution.
Autocracy Power is controlled by one person or figure.
Two types of Autocracy? Define. Monarchy: Ruled by a monarch, who gains power because their parents were rulers. (Kings, Queens, etc.) Dictatorship: Not inherited power, but usually taken by force. Dictator has absolute control over citizens. Opposition is usually suppressed.
Theocracy Ruled by a god or higher power. Usually, religious leaders lead society, using religious law to settle disputes.
Oligarchy A government ruled by a few. Power is based on military strength, family power, or religious force.
Anarchy No One is in Charge!
Communism One-Party State One party rules. The state controls the economy and personal freedom is limited. Participation in the government is limited to members of the Communist Party and political power is concentrated in the Central Committee of the Communist Party.
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