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Forms of Government

Examines the various forms of government

TermDefinition
Democracy a system where decisions are made based on the will of the citizens expressed through their elected representatives.
direct democracy all citizens vote on all issues
indirect democracy citizens elect representatives who decide issues
republic citizens elect representatives who decide issues
oligarchy rule by a small group
theocracy rule by the church
plutocracy rule by the rich
dictatorship autocracy where all power is in the hands of one person
autocracy rule by one person
absolute monarchy king or queen with all power
constitutional monarchy king or queen who share power under a constitution
US claims to be a democratic republic
US actually is a plutocracy
Ex. China oligarchy
Ex. ancient Athens direct democracy
Ex. England constitutional monarchy
Ex. North Korea dictatorship
demos the people
cracy rule
authoritarian any system with emphasis that citizens must obey the authority of the government
totalitarian any system that seeks to control every detail of the lives of all citizens including thought
Ex. Iraq republic
The Greek word "Demos" (DEMOcracy) means ______________ "The People"
The Greek word "Cratos" (demoCRACY) means ______________ "power" or "strength"
Translated from the Greek, the word Democracy means ______________ "The People Rule"
Kleptocracy rule by thieves
Created by: football09
 

 



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