20 terms

Government Comparison - Distribution of Power

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alliance
a union of 2 or more groups, usually to achieve a common goal
government
body with the authority to make laws, enforce laws, and interpret laws
government
oversees general welfare of its people
government
distributes power through mainly 3 basic systems
unitary
gives all the power to the central government
unitary
central government may delegate some duties to smaller political unites like cities
unitary
retains final authority over ALL decisions
unitary
stronger than federal governments
delegate
another word for transfer
unitary
examples include France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and Kenya
confederation
a loose alliance of countries or other political units like states
confederation
states have final control of its own laws and citizens
confederation
central government only makes decisions on issues that affect the entire government
confederation
can be unstable because members want to do things their own way
confederation
examples include British Commonwealth of Nations and the Confederate States of America
federal
divides power between central government and the state government
federal
lower governments have power to handle local affairs
federal
central government handles issues that concern entire country
federal
handles issues like maintaining armed forces and negotiating treaties with foreign countries
federal
examples include U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil