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Overview of the Types of Government - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll watch a series of lessons that discuss several types of government structures and political ideologies. Work through these expertly taught lessons to review the differences between various government forms like monarchies, oligarchies and theocracies, as well as the components of democracy, socialism and communism. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Compare oligarchies, monarchies, democracies and other forms of government
- Differentiate between totalitarianism and authoritarianism
- Define the elements of a theocracy
- Assess the similarities and differences between socialism and communism
Our lessons come with short quizzes to help you remember the concepts you study. As you watch the video lessons, print out the transcripts to follow along with the lesson narrators. You'll be able to reinforce your understanding of the information by taking the chapter exam. Submit questions to our experts if you need any extra help, and feel free to revisit these lessons as many times as needed.
1. Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More
The governance of nations differs significantly based on who has power. This lesson will differentiate five forms of government: monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.
2. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism
In this lesson, you'll imagine living in an autocracy. You will consider what would change if you went from an authoritarian society to a more totalitarian approach to government.
3. Theocracy: Definition & Examples
Throughout history, governments have relied on various ideologies to structure bureaucracy. In this lesson, we explore theocracy, a system of government in which the country's religious institutions are closely intertwined with the state.
4. Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences
People often confuse socialism and communism. In this lesson, you'll learn about the differences and similarities between each of these theories. You'll also have a chance to take a short quiz after the lesson.
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