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Ch 42: Government & Political Systems

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Allow this chapter to help you think back to your college courses concerning government and political systems. Read the lesson materials to review concepts and key terms you will need to recall for any upcoming exams.

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

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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.

9 Lessons in Chapter 42: Government & Political Systems
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Nation State: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

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.

Competing Values of Federalism: Equality vs. Participation

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.

Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts

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.

Sovereignty in World Politics

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.

What is a Social Contract? - Definition & Examples

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.

What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

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.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

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.

Political System: Types & Definition

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.

Change Caused by Revolutions, Coups & Wars

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.

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