forms of government
chapter 1 section 2
Terms in this set (18)
state ruled over by a single person, as a king or queen
a political and social system that developed during the Middle Ages; nobles offered protection and land in return for service
a system of government in which the head of state is a hereditary position and the king or queen has almost complete power
A King or Queen is the official head of state but power is limited by a constitution.
a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
a system of government in which all adult citizen participate directly in making government decisions
Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representative
form of government in which the leader has absolute power and authority
a political system governed by a single individual
form of government in which a few people have the power
like a dictator
a single party and leader who suppress all opposition and control all aspects of people's lives
dominance through threat of punishment and violence
a government in which all key powers are given to the national or central government
a system of government in which power is divided between a central authority and a number of individual states
A system consisting of a league of independent states, each having essentially sovereign powers. The central government created by such a league has only limited powers over the states.
a form of government headed by a president who is elected by the people for a limited term of office and whose powers are balanced by an elected legislature
A system of government in which the legislature selects the prime minister or president.