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Government Review

Review of Government types and features

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What are three reasons we have government? to keep order, to protect lives, to safeguard property
What is an absolute monarchy? where a king or queen has total control over the nation and all who live there.
What is divine right? The king or queens power comes directly from God.
What is a Constitutional Monarchy? Where a king or queen is ruling, but the power is held by elected officials, like a prime minister, who must follow a written constitution.
What is a dictatorship? Government controlled by a single leader or a small group of people who have absolute power with no limits. Leader does not answer to the people.
What are elections like in a dictatorship? They are not legitimate, if they even exist. They are manipulated by the people in charge so they can get the results they want, not necessarily what the people want.
How are people controlled in a dictatorship? By power or force, threats, severe punishments, and possibly secret police.
What is a democracy? Where the government gets its power from the consent of the people. Ultimate power is in the hands of the people.
How are leaders chosen in a democracy? They have the power to vote on their government officials. If they do not like the way a person rules, they can be voted out the next election.
What is a direct democracy? This is usually found in small nations, as every person votes on every single issue. Often in small populations too.
What is a representative democracy? Where people elect an official who does their voting for them, often in larger population nations because people cannot vote for every single issue that arrises.
What is a theocracy? A government operated under divine rule where God or a god/goddess is in charge and the rulers are carrying out the will of the God/god/goddess.
What is an example of a theocracy? Ancient Egypt
What is an example of a representative democracy? The United States of America
What is an example of a dictatorship? North Korea - the people have no control over what they have access to, and are very removed from the rest of the world.
What is an example of a monarchy? Great Britain/England (Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, etc)
Created by: adasinger