Test 1 Study Guide
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the ability to rule absolutely within a territory
a government in which one person has all the power. There are two types of autocracy: monarchy and dictatorship.
a king or queen rules a country
a form of government in which one person has complete control over citizens' lives
citizens hold the political power
citizens are directly involved in the day to day work of governing the country (there are no representatives)
Representative (Indirect) Democracy
citizens elect leaders to represent their rights and interests in government
a small group of people has all the power
a small group of people, usually military officers, that rule a country.
a government that recognizes God or a divine being as the ultimate authority
nobody is in control
the rule book for a country's government
Rule of Law
laws are fair, they're enforced, and nobody is above the law.
Separation of Power
power is divided among several branches of government
Consent of the governed
the citizens of a country give their permission to be governed by the country's government, and they do this by voting
Rights of the minority
protecting the rights of small or unpopular groups regardless of what the majority believes.