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Forms of Government

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on 30 September 2013

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Transcript of Forms of Government

Unitary Government
Forms of Government
Forms of Government

Presidential Government
Direct Democracy
To Classify governments according to three sets of characteristics.
1. ___________
2. ___________
3. ___________

Who can participate
Geographic Distribution
Relationship between the legislative and executive branch
Who holds the power in a democracy?
The people hold the power and that government is conducted only with the consent of the people.
A dictatorship exists where whose who rule cannot be held responsible to the will of the people.
A direct democracy exists where the will of the people is translated into public policy (law) directly by the people.
Indirect Democracy
In a indirect democracy (representative democracy) a small group of person, chosen by the people to act as their representatives, expresses the will of the people.
A government in which a single person holds unlimited power
A government in which the power to rule is held by a small self-appointed group
A unitary government is often described as a centralized government. (All powers belong to a single central agency)
Federal Government
A federal government is one in which the powers of government are divided between a central government and several local governments
A confederation is an alliance of independent states
A presidential government features a separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government
In a parliamentary government the executive is made up of the prime minister and the minister's cabinet. The prime minister and the cabinet are members of the legislative branch. The prime minister is the leader of the majority party or a coalition of like minded members of parliament.
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