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Define each form of government in the chart below. Then give examples of states with that form of government. Democracy: Supreme political authority rests with the people. Indirect: A group of persons chosen by the people express the will of the people. Examples: United States.
Direct: Occurs when the will of the people translates directly into public policy. Examples: New England and the Landsgemeinde, Swiss cantons.
Dictatorship: Exists where those who rule cannot be held responsible to the will of the people. The government is not accountable for its policies. Autocracy: Government which a single person holds unlimited political power. Examples: Adolf Hitler, and Kim Jong-un
Oligarchy: Government which the power to rule is held by a small, self-appointed elite. Examples: Soviet Union, and People’s Republic of China.
Government: All powers held by the government belong to a single, central agency. Examples: Great Britain.
Government: Is one which the powers of government are divided between a central government and several local governments. Examples: Australia, Canada, Mexico, and other 23 states.
Confederate Government: An alliance of independent states. Local government has more power than central government. Examples: European Union.
Presidential: Features a separation of powers between the executive and the legislative branches of the government. Examples: United States.
Parliamentary: The executive branch is made up of the prime minister or premier, and that official’s cabinet. Examples: Majority of governmental systems in the world today are parliamentary. Copyright © by Pearson Education, Inc., or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 21
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