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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What is the civic, economic and social role of government in the United States?
- How do participatory and representative democracies differ from each other?
- What are the different types of constitutional governments?
- How do authoritarian and totalitarian autocracies compare to each other?
- What is a transitional government, and how does it work?
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. 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.
3. What is Direct Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons
Direct democracy is a form of government in which all laws are created by a general vote of society. We'll consider some examples of direct democracy and look at some pros and cons of this type of democracy.
4. What is a State Government? - Definition & Overview
Learn about state governments and their role in the political life of a nation. Discover who has political power in a state government and observe the potential conflicts between state government and national government.
5. What is Indirect Democracy? - Definition, Advantages & Examples
Indirect democracies are the most common type of democratic system in the world. We'll compare this system of government to direct democracy, discuss the advantages of indirect democracy and look at some of the many examples of indirect democracy.
6. What is Limited Government? - Definition, Principle & Examples
This lesson will provide insight on limited government and its principles as well as give some examples of limited government in society. Read on to learn more, then take a quiz to test your knowledge on limited government.
7. What Is the Force Theory of Government?
In this lesson, you will learn about a method of establishing a new country or government through what is known as force theory. When you are through with the lesson, test your new knowledge with a quiz.
8. Prime Ministers of Israel
This lesson will introduce you to the current prime minister of Israel, as well as provide a list of the prime ministers that have served to date. Learn about key achievements and how they have shaped world affairs.
9. Prime Ministers of Canada
Canada is a world leader and major North American nation, but its political structure is a bit different from the rest of the continent. In this lesson we'll talk about the Canadian prime ministers, and see how they impacted the nation.
10. Prime Ministers of India
India is a very large nation, both in terms of size and population. This makes government in India tricky. In this lesson, we'll talk about some people who tackled the office of prime minister, and see how they impacted the nation's history.
11. Melanesian Socialism vs. Democracy
Socialism and democracy are often seen as being at odds. Does this change if we go to Melanesia? In this lesson, we'll see how Melanesian socialism and democracy have interacted throughout history.
12. Melanesian Socialism vs. Fascism
In this lesson, you'll learn about the form of socialism promoted in the Pacific Island nation of New Hebrides in the 1980s and 1990s. We'll highlight its central characteristics and contrast it with fascism, an extremely authoritarian form of government.
13. Melanesian Socialism vs. Capitalism
You may have heard of socialism, but Melanesian socialism? In this lesson, we'll explore this concept and compare it to another economic system in the world: capitalism.
14. Melanesian Socialism vs. Communism
Socialism and communism are easy to confuse, so why would this conversation change just because we're in Melanesia? In this lesson, we'll examine Melanesian socialism and see how it differs from communism.
15. Parliamentary Sovereignty: Definition, Origin & Significance
Parliamentary systems take power from a monarch, but for that to work the parliament needs its own authority. In this lesson, we'll see what that looks like and how it was first developed.
16. Parliamentary Sovereignty: Features & Example
In this lesson, we will learn about parliamentary sovereignty. We will define the term to understand what it is and we will highlight notable examples.
17. Parliamentary Sovereignty: Analysis, Advantages & Limitations
In this lesson we will discuss and analyze parliamentary sovereignty. We will apply critical thinking skills to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this political system.
18. What is Print Capitalism? - Definition, History & Examples
How did nation-states come to be? They didn't just appear out of nowhere, did they? In this lesson, we'll see how printing, economics, and communities all entertwined to reshape the way we perceived our identities.
19. Proletarian Internationalism: Definition & Principle
What does it truly mean to be part of a global struggle? In this lesson, we are going to check out the concept of proletarian internationalism and find out.
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