21 terms


The study of the rights and duties of citizens
Citizenship Rights
the rights guaranteed to each law abiding citizen in a nation state
A moral or legal obligation; a responsibility
A government controlled by its citizens, either directly or through representatives.
Direct Democracy
Government in which citizens vote on laws and select officials directly.
Representative Democracy
A system of government in which citizens elect representatives, or leaders, to make decisions about the laws for all the people.
Constitutional Monarchy
A form of government in which the king retains his position as head of state, while the authority to tax and make new laws resides in an elected body.
A style of government characterized by submission to authority. It tends to opposed individualism and democracy. In its most extreme cases it is one in which political power is concentrated in a leader or leaders, who possess exclusive, unaccountable, and arbitrary power.
A government controlled by one person or a small group of people
A political system in which the government has total control over the lives of individual citizens.
Absolute Monarchy
Rule by a king or queen whose power is not limited by a constitution
A legal process to obtain citizenship
Illegal Alien
A person who comes into the United States without a legal permit, such as a passport, visa, or entry permit.
Legal Alien
Non-citizen who is officially permitted to live in the US
The ideas, beliefs, and attitudes about what is important, that help guide the way you live
An organization founded for a religious, education, social or similar purpose
Limited Government
A government that has been limited in power by a constitution, or written agreement
Unlimited Government
A government structure in which there are no effective limits on government actions
Popular Sovereignty
A government in which the people rule by their own consent.
E Pluribus Unum
out of many, one (a motto of the US).
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - policy that would provide deportation relief to those brought to this country as children