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Different Forms of Government - Chapter Summary
These lessons include an overview of different types of governments, including their roles, functions, benefits and origins. You'll study traditional types of governments and learn about various types of democracies and democratic principles. You can also take a look at a comparison of totalitarianism and authoritarianism. The videos in this chapter cover topics such as:
- The role of government
- Strengths and weaknesses of traditional governments
- Constitutional governments
- Transitional governments
The lessons in this chapter are made up of short videos that are taught by engaging, knowledgeable instructors. The videos include fun graphics and examples to help you learn about the different forms of government, and multiple-choice quizzes are available at the end of each section to test your knowledge.
1. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions
In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.
2. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses
In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.
3. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles
In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.
4. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism
In this lesson, you'll imagine living in an autocracy. You will consider what would change if you went from an authoritarian society to a more totalitarian approach to government.
5. Types of Constitutional Government
Learn about constitutional governments through the eyes of a citizen of a fictional country undergoing change. Gain insight into what each of these styles means as you weigh the benefits of unitary and federal types.
6. The Purpose of a Transitional Government
In this lesson, you'll imagine what it would be like to live in a country where the government has just been overthrown. We'll discuss the purpose of transitional governments and what challenges they face.
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