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Citizen Participation in Governments
Transcript of Citizen Participation in Governments
How do governments determine citizen participation?
Small group of people
Citizens vote and elect their leaders
The ruler has UNLIMITED power
No one can be elected
Citizens do NOT vote
Examples: Monarchy, Czar Nicholas II, Any Dictatorship
The group holds the power
No one outside of the ruling group can be elected.
Leaders are chosen from the ruling group. Only the group can vote - No outside citizen participation.
Only the leaders can vote
Leaders are chosen from within the group
Example: Ancient Greece and Rome, and many governments during the Medieval Times
VOTERS hold the power
Any citizen can be elected
Any Citizen Can Vote
Example: France, Great Britain, Germany, USA, Russia, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Brazil
Governments determine citizen participation by the type of government that they have. An autocratic government has a single ruler where no citizens can vote. An Oligarchic has a small group of people who hold power. In an Oligarchic citizens still cannot vote on their leaders. In a Democracy, the citizens hold the power because they are the ones who elect the leaders. Citizens have more power in a democracy than an autocratic or oligarchic government.
Rulers come into power through bloodline or a strong military background
Those that have wealth, lots of land, or military support are part of this group.
Citizens can vote - restrictions apply
Who has the power?