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Chapter 1 Holt

Carroll County -Mr. C-Chapter 1

What is legitimacy? The government's rightful authority over its citizens.
What are natural rights? Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
What is sovereignty? The absolute authority that a government has over its citizens.
What does authoritarian mean? Term used to describe the rulers who answer only to themselves, not to the people.
What is a representative democracy? A form of government in which the people elect representatives to conduct the business of government for them.
What is a dictatorship? A form of government in which power is concentrated in the hands of a single person or a small group of people.
What is a parliamentary system? A system in which the legislature selects the chief executive (Prime Minister).
What is a federal system? A system in which powers are divided among local, state, and national governments.
What does oligarchy mean? "Rule by a few"
What is a unitary system? A system in which all legal power is held by the national government.
What does autocracy mean? "Rule by one"
A political unit is called a state
What is law? A set of rules made and enforced by government that is binding on society.
What is a social contract? The exchange for order and peace, individual sovereignty given up to the state.
What is a republic? A country in which government's authority comes solely from the people.
Created by: rdchiar