About This Chapter
Government & Political Systems - Chapter Summary
Determine if you remember all of the names and definitions of government and political systems by going through this chapter. Lesson quizzes may help you assess what you currently know and identify which information you may need to review. If you examine the entire chapter, you will get a thorough recap of the following:
- Characteristics and examples of a nation state
- Federalism values of participation vs. equality
- Polarity, power balances, and the collective security of worldwide conflicts
- World politics and sovereignty
- Examples of social contracts
- The purpose and roles of government
- Advantages and disadvantages to traditional government types
- Definition and examples of political systems
- Wars, coups, and revolutions instituting change
Get ready for your next major exam by taking advantage of our mini-lessons. Rather than giving you hour-long lectures, we separate every chapter into smaller, manageable lessons. The duration of each lesson usually ranges between 5 and 10 minutes, allowing you to watch entire lessons during all the breaks of your day.
By the way, shorter lessons do not result in less information. In fact, our comprehensive lessons are packed with the most pertinent information you will need to know for major exams related to this field. How do we pack so much into a tiny lesson? Easy - we make sure that each lesson only discusses a single key topic. We don't give you fluff, and we don't give you non-related information. We keep our lessons short and focused, because we want you to remain focused as you study.
1. Nation State: Definition, Examples & Characteristics
Discover the definition, history, and purpose of the nation state and test your understanding of how the nation state combines world politics, culture, and history to shape our daily lives.
2. Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation
Federalism is designed to leave governmental power to the people, but there are two competing values of federalism: equality and participation. This lesson takes a closer look at federalism and at how these two ideals often conflict.
3. Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts
In this lesson, we will examine some of the theoretical concepts related to modern global conflict. Specifically, we will look at balance of power, types of polarity and lateralism, and collective security.
4. Sovereignty in World Politics
The primary players in international politics are sovereign states. In this lesson, you'll learn about the concept of state sovereignty in the international system and related concepts. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz.
5. What is a Social Contract? - Definition & Examples
Learn about the idea of a social contract. Then you can understand how the concept has helped people to create modern governments all over the world that are more responsible to their citizens.
6. 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.
7. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses
In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.
8. Political System: Types & Definition
How many different ways can human societies organize their governments? In this lesson, we'll examine some common political systems used throughout history and see how they compare.
9. Change Caused by Revolutions, Coups & Wars
While we'd love to think that politicians and diplomats are always able to reach peaceful solutions to political unrest, that has not always been the case. In this lesson, we look at how wars, revolutions, and coups cause political change.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the MTTC Social Studies (Elementary): Practice & Study Guide course
- Social Science Basics
- Social Science Inquiry & Research
- Historical Text & Information Analysis
- Early Civilizations & Cultures
- Contributions & History of Ancient Greece
- Rise of the Roman Republic
- Development of Religions
- Islamic Culture
- Fall of the Roman Empire
- Ancient China
- Early Civilizations in the Americas
- Feudalism in Europe & the Early Middle Ages
- Renaissance & Reformation
- European Expansion (1450-1750)
- Scientific & Political Revolutions Since 1700
- European Imperialism
- Settling North America & the Colonies
- Events & Leaders of the American Revolution
- Early Evolution of American Government
- 19th Century American Expansion & Reform
- The American Civil War
- After the Civil War: Reconstruction
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century
- American Imperialism
- A World at War - WWI
- 1920s America
- America and the Great Depression
- Significant Events of World War II
- Post-WWII World Cultures & Politics (1946-1959)
- Developments & Movements Since 1945
- Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973)
- Michigan History
- Basic Geography Concepts
- Effects of Humans on the Environment
- Human Systems & Culture
- Geography of the Eastern Hemisphere
- Geography of the Western Hemisphere
- Impact of Politics on Geography
- Inter-Continental Organizations
- International Treaties, Agreements & Organizations
- Important Speeches & Documents in US History
- US Government, Political Process & Citizenship
- History of Political Parties in the U.S.
- US Policy Making
- US Legal System & Landmark Supreme Court Cases
- Business and the Economy
- Basics of International Economics
- Analyzing Democratic Values