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How Would You Categorize the Governments of the World?

TermDefinition
Government The organization that people set up to protect the community and to make rules for themselves.
Legislative Power Make the laws.
Executive Power Carry out the laws
Judicial Power Interpret the laws
classifying To organize information into "classes" or categories.
Absolute Monarchy The king or queen is all powerful.
Constitutional Monarchy The king or queen is a ceremonial head of state and a legislature has the power.
Dictatorship A person or a small group of people gain power through force and have power over the citizens of the country.
Democracy The right to rule comes from the citizens themselves who vote for one or more people to serve a set period of time.
Direct Democracy Citizens vote directly on issues.
Representative Democracy Citizens elect representatives who decide issues for them.
Theocracy The right to rule is held by a person or group who base their power on their religious authority.
Civil Liberties The liberties that each citizen enjoys from birth. They include freedom of expression and belief, the rule of law, and personal independence without government interference.
Political Rights The rights of citizens to participate in their government. It includes the right to vote in secret, to become a candidate for political office, to join a political party, and to demonstrate against government policies without fear of arrest or harassment
Freedom Index How countries are ranked based on how well their governments maintain an orderly environment while maintaining civil liberties
Monarchy The right to rule is usually passed from one member of the ruling family to another.
Created by: betsywellman