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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
|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. France||See how democracy functions in the U.S. and in France.|
1. The Government of the French Republic: Overview & History
In this lesson, we discover the three branches of the government of the French Republic and how the writing of the 1958 Constitution of the Fifth Republic changed the nature of these institutions.
2. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
In this lesson, we'll learn about Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman who wrote a book about his observations of American society during the Jackson era.
3. What is Representative Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons
Democracy has become, for many Americans, an unquestionable positive. For most of us, referring to a nation as 'un-democratic' is a pretty strong slur. But what does it really mean to be 'democratic?' Where did this idea come from? And what is 'representative democracy,' the sort practiced in the United States?
4. Democratic Structures & Functions in the U.S. vs. France
France and the United States of America have quite a few things in common. One of those is a tradition of democracy. Explore the similarities and differences between our democratic systems, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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- Purpose of Government & Methods of Comparison & Classification
- Political Culture, Communication & Socialization
- Sovereignty, Authority & Power of Government
- Types of Government
- Belief Systems as a Source of Legitimacy
- Political Institutions
- Parliamentary and Presidential Systems
- Types of Legislatures
- Elections & Electoral Systems
- Political Parties
- Interest Groups in American Politics
- Military & Other Coercive Institutions
- Judiciary Branches of Government
- Citizens, Society & the State
- Forces of Political & Economic Change
- U.S. Public, Social & Environmental Policies
- Economic, Fiscal & Trade Policy in the U.S.
- U.S. Foreign & Defense Policy
- The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
- The United States of America's Government
- Comparing the Governments of the US & Great Britain
- Germany's Government
- Russia's Government
- China's Government
- Mexico's Government
- Nigeria's Government
- Iran's Government
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