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Government Terms Handbook
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Government where power is concentrated in the hands of the central government. (ex. Cuba)
A system of government where power is shared between the central government and the regional governments. (ex. United States)
A system of government with a weak central government and a strong regional government. (ex. European Union)
Government ruled by the wealthy few. Citizens have a very limited role in government. (ex. Communism)
Government by a single person having unlimited power. Citizens have little, if any, role. (ex. Dictatorship)
Government where the actual governing is carried out by the people governed (direct democracy), or the power to do so is granted by them (representative democracy). (ex. Republic)
Government where the executive is part of and a member of the legislature. (ex. United Kingdom)
Chief executive of a parliamentary government, may be appointed by a ruler or elected by legislative branch. (CITIZENS DO NOT DIRECTLY ELECT)
Government in which the president is constitutionally independent of the legislature. (ex. United States and Russia)
Chief executive of a presidential system of government. (CITIZENS DIRECTLY ELECT)
Government where a monarch is the head of state but has limited power. (ex. Great Britain)
A hereditary sovereign, such as a king or queen.
Legislature composed of one house/chamber.
Legislature composed of two houses/chambers. (ex. House of Representatives and Senate)
A group of persons acting as advisers for the executive branch of government.
The branch of the government that is responsible for making the laws.
The branch of the government that is responsible for carrying out the laws.
The branch of the government that is responsible for enforcing the laws.
Level of government that is the main decision making organization throughout a country. (ex. US)
Level of government that contains decision making for local (Acworth) and/or state (Georgia).
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