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Types of Political Systems - Chapter Summary
In this fun chapter, our instructors present the different types of political systems, including the organization, structure and history of the political parties in the United States. Similarly, you'll also review different types of interest groups in the United States, their history and the purpose they serve. Other lessons cover social contract theory and the theories and competing views of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Additional topics include forms of government including democracy, monarchy and more. This chapter is designed to help you:
- Describe how the media affects elections and other government activities
- Define what the electoral college is and how it works
- Explain the steps in the public policy process
- Give an example of a civic duty
- Outline the history of the Democratic-Republican Party
Tackle even the toughest subjects with help from our interesting video and text lessons. Each lesson is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz that helps you identify any areas that need more study ahead of test day. If you need assistance as you work through the chapter, reach out to one of our instructors for help.
1. U.S. Political Parties: Purpose, History, Organization & Structure
In this lesson, you will explore the history and structure of American political parties, including the current dominant groups. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types
The following lesson will discuss the history and types of interest groups that exist in the American political system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
3. The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities
The media play several important roles in the campaign and election processes. This lesson examines the media's function in presidential campaigns and elections and other government activities.
4. The Electoral College: Definition & Process
In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.
5. The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation
Good public policy is grounded in a sound policy making process. In this lesson, you'll learn about the rational-comprehensive model of policy formation and the steps involved in using it. A short quiz follows the lesson.
6. Civic Duty: Definition & Examples
Civic duties are legally mandated responsibilities that all citizens are required to fulfill. Failure to fulfill these obligations could result in legal punishment. We'll look at some examples in American society.
7. Social Contract Theory: Definition & Examples
Since the beginning of human civilization, social contracts have helped structure how people and governments worked together. Learn about social contract theory and what some important thinkers from the 1600s onward had to say about it.
8. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views
In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.
9. Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More
The governance of nations differs significantly based on who has power. This lesson will differentiate five forms of government: monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.
10. Democratic-Republican Party: Definition & History
In this lesson, we'll be looking at the Democratic-Republican Party, which grew out of the Anti-Federalists and was rooted in a belief in a more decentralized Federal government. After reading, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
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