11 terms

AP Gov: Political Systems

Direct Democracy
A form of government in which citizens rule directly and not through representatives
Representative Democracy
A system of government in which citizens elect representatives, or leaders, to make decisions about the laws for all the people.
Example of Representative Democracies
USA, England, Mexico
Constitutional Monarchy
A monarch (king/queen) is the official head of state but their power is limited by a constitution
a political system governed by a few people
Example of Oligarchy
Absolute Monarchy
a system of government in which the head of state is a hereditary position and the king or queen has almost complete power
Example of absolute monarchy
Saudi Arabia
Totalitarian Dictatorship
leader exercises authoritarian power over every aspect of human affairs. Personality Driven
Which system gives people most freedom?
Direct Democracy
Which system gives people least freedom?
Totalitarian Dictatorship