Spanish regions with devolved powers
Nation's capital and its powers
Resentment of outlying areas at rule by nation's capital
Political system in which components override center
Shifting some administrative functions from central government to lower levels; less than devolution
French first order civil division
Shifting some powers from central government to component units
One incapable of even minimal governance, with essentially no national government
Balancing of power between a nation's capital and autonomous subdivisions, such as U.S. states.
First-order civil divisions
Countries' main territorial components, such as U.S. states or Spanish provinces.
Gorbachev's policy of media openness
To make a political relationship permanent
French for "let it be"; economic system of minimal government interference and supervision; capitalism
German federal first-order civil divison; plural Lander
Electoral system that gives more than half of seats to one party
Hybrid electoral system that uses both single member districts and proportional representation
Hereditary rule by one person
Population with a historic sense of self
The most, even if less than half
Established and durable pattern of authority
Administrator of a French department
Japanese first-order civil division
Elects representatives by party's percent of vote
Feeling of regional differences and sometimes breakaway tendencies
A political system without a monarch; in Communist Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, federal first-order civil division
Electoral system that elects one person per district, as in the United States and Britain
Economic system of government ownership of industry, allegedly for good of whole society; opposite of capitalism
Government structures of a nation
Economic system of state ownership of major industries to enhance power and prestige of state; a pre-capitalist system
Modern form of government, able to administer and tax entire nation
Centralization of power in a nation's capital with little autonomy for subdivisions
One unable to govern effectively, corrupt and penetrated by crime
Economic system of major government redistribution of income to poorer citizens
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