Chapter 2 - Civics Various Governments

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16 terms · Foundations of Government

Absolute Monarch

A king or queen with absolute, or total power.

Dictatorship

A form of government in which all power is in the hands of one person or a small group.

Democracy

A form of government in which the people of a nation either rule directly or through elected representatives.

Direct Democracy

A form of government in which all the people meet together at one place to make the laws.

Representative Democracy

A form of government in which the people elect representatives to carry on the work of government for them.

Law

A rule of conduct enforced by government.

Constitution

A written plan of government.

Confederation

A loose association of states.

Delegate

A representative.

Parliament

The lawmaking body of the British government.

Bicameral

Consisting of two houses, as in a lawmaking body.

Compromise

An agreement in which each side gives up part of its demands.

Legislature

A lawmaking body of government.

Ratification

Approval by a formal vote.

Federalist

A supporter of the Constitution.

Anti-Federalist

An opponent of the Constitution.

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