Ch 13: Forms & Characteristics of Government

About This Chapter

Review information on various types of governments and their distinguishing features. Learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of each system and find out a little about their history.

Forms & Characteristics of Government - Chapter Summary

Use our video and text lessons to review information on various types of governments, their histories and the pros and cons of each. You'll look at several forms of democracy and explore the Congressional and Parliamentary systems of making laws. After completing this chapter, you should have knowledge of topics including:

  • Analysis of various types of government
  • Characteristics and history of fascism
  • Types and principles of democracy
  • Advantages and disadvantages of direct democracy
  • Differences between Congress and Parliament

Our instructors keep these brief lessons entertaining but information-packed, with lots of examples and humor. Short lesson quizzes and chapter exams let you evaluate your learning, and the clickable Timeline makes it easy to skip back to parts of the lesson that you wish to review without re-watching the entire video.

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Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

1. Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

Each type of government rises to power and rules in a unique way. Learn more about each form of government--monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism--how they come into power, and how they rule.

Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise

2. Fascism: Characteristics, History & Rise

Nearly all fascist governments exhibit three basic tenets: authoritarianism, nationalism, and xenophobia. Explore these concepts, the history and rise of fascism, and examples from Hitler's regime in Germany.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

3. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

Democracy is a form of government where the people have the power to vote and elect the rulers or representatives of the nation. Learn about the definition of democracy, discover the two types of democracy -- direct and representative, and explore the principles of a democratic government.

What is Direct Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons

4. What is Direct Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons

To be a Direct Democracy, a government must use general vote for all issues of justice and law in their society. Track the development of democracy from ancient Athens, to modern Switzerland and the United States, analyzing the pros & cons of this particular type.

Congress vs. Parliament: Main Differences

5. Congress vs. Parliament: Main Differences

Parliament and congress are two sides of a democratic government that focus on the legislative branch of a government. Learn about the differences between parliament and congress, how membership works, and how laws are made.

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