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system of government in which citizens exercise supreme power, acting either directly on their own or through elected representatives
system of government in which a single ruler exercises supreme power based on hereditary or divine right. The right to rule passes from one generation of the ruling family to the next
system of government in which a single person or group exercises supreme power by controlling the military and police
sovereign state consisting of a city and its surrounding territory
democratic form of government in which citizens make public decisions directly, either in a popular assembly or through popular vote
nation in which supreme power rests with the citizens and is exercised by their elected representatives
democratic form of government in which elected representatives make public decisions on behalf of the citizens
economic and political system of the European Middle Ages in which landowners granted land to tenants in return for military assistance and other services
legislative assembly in which elected representatives debate and vote on proposed laws. The name comes from the French term parler, meaning "to talk"
government led by a hereditary ruler who claims unlimited powers
tyrant or ruler with absolute powers
system of government in which the powers of the monarch are limited by the constitution, either written or unwritten
democratic government based on a written constitution
system of government in which the state exercises broad control over the lives of its citizens
extreme form of authoritarian rule in which the state seeks to control every aspect of its citizens' lives
system of government in which a single political party controls both the government and the economy; also, the theories developed by Karl Marx regarding the development of an ideal, classless society
totalitarian system in which businesses remain in private hands but under government control.
form of totalitarianism and fascism, based in part on the myth of racial superiority; developed in Germany before World War II.
coup de etat
sudden overthrow of a government by a small group of military officers or political leaders; from a French term meaning "blow to the state".
government headed by religious leaders
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