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Government Vocab

Government Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Autocracy One person has total power
Oligarchy A small group of people rule
Democracy Citizens have the right to vote for their leaders
Presidential Democracy Citizens vote for president; the president is both the head of state and head of government
Parliamentary Democracy Citizens elect members to parliament, members of parliament select the prime minister; the prime minister is the head of government
Unitary The central government has control
Confederation Independent countries have the power and agree to give a little to the central government
Federal Power is divided between federal, regional, and local governments
Theocracy Government ruled by a religious leader
Absolute Monarchy King or Queen has total power
Constitutional Monarchy King or Queen's power is limited by a constitution
Head of Government Leader of the government that runs the government
Head of State Government leader that has ceremonial duties and little power
Dictatorship One person rules by force, often relying on the military
3 Types of Citizen Participation Democracy, Oligarchy, Autocracy
3 Types of Distribution of Power Unitary, Federal, Confederation
Created by: MsBentley