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GED political scienc

Missouri GED On-Line, Social Studies

absolute monarchy a type of government in which a king or queen's word is law
constitutional monarchy a limited monarchy that has constituional checks upon the ruler
direct democracy a democracy in which the people have a direct voice and vote in the government
representantive democracy a democracy in which people select delegates or substitutes to represent them
oligarchy a type of government in which a small group of people rule
totalitarianism an extreme type of dictatorship that controls the political, economic, and social life of a country
plurality the greatest number of votes in an election
simple majority 50 percent of the votes plus a minimum of one vote
electoral college a special group of voters from each state that elects the president and vice president
federal system the shareing of power between the states and the central government
checks and balances a system among the branches of the federal government that prevents any one branch from dominating the other two
Bill of Rights the first ten amendments to the U. S. Constitution that state and freedoms and rights of individuals
veto the presidential power to refuse to sign into law a bill that has been approved by Congress; can be overridden by Congress
judicial review the power of the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of laws
referendum the process by which voters can approve or reject legislation
recall a procedure that permits voters to remove an elected offical from office before his or her term over
treaties formal agreements among nations