Ch 17: Democratic State Systems & Structures

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Watch video lessons and learn about the structure and functions of democratic state systems. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

Democratic State Systems and Structures - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

While sharing many characteristics, democratic forms of government differ in many respects. In this chapter, we'll explore the structure of democratic state systems, past and present, in France and the United States. You should gain an understanding of the broad concept of democracy and some ways in which these ideas can be applied. After completing these lessons, you'll know things like:

  • How the government of France was structured after the French Revolution
  • What American democracy was like in first part of the 19th century, as seen through the eyes of a French nobleman
  • What a representative democracy is
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of representative democracy
  • How do the governmental systems of America and France differ today

VideoObjectives
The Government of the French Republic: Overview & History Look at the structure and history of the form of government in the French Republic.
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville Examine the 1831 book 'Democracy in America' by Alexis de Tocqueville and its views on the U.S. government in its first 50 years.
What is Representative Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons Learn what representative democracy is, see how it has been applied and the advantages and disadvantages of this system.
Democratic Structures & Functions in the U.S. vs. FranceSee how democracy functions in the U.S. and in France.

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