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forms of government

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unitary
one in which the central authority (government) holds all the power. It can grant some autonomy to the subdivisions but it can also take it away
confederation
one where independent nations join together for a common goal. Each nation retains its' sovereignty.
federal system
one in which the centralized government shares power with the subdivisions. Power is divided and defined.
Autocracy
A form of government that has ONE ruler
Oligarchy
Rule by a small group of people
Republic
The people exercise their power through elected representatives
Direct Democracy
Citizens directly participate in making all decisions for the government.
Representative Democracy
Citizens elect representatives to participate in making all the decisions for the government.
force theory
government came to power and control the country by using fear and force.
evolution theory of power
power is handed down from parent to child.
divine right theory
God grants the power to rule an individual.