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Ch 13: Political Systems

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Gain additional knowledge of political systems. This chapter's text and video lessons will remind you of aspects of various systems of government and related theories. Self-assessment quizzes will ensure that you're learning the information.

Political Systems - Chapter Summary

Check out this chapter on political systems if you'd like to advance your knowledge of democracy, capitalism and the European Parliament. When you finish the text and video lessons in this chapter, you could know more about:

  • The contrasts between political systems and government structures
  • The strengths and weaknesses of traditional government systems
  • Constitutional governments
  • Socialism, the Parliamentary government system and communism
  • Three important rules of American politics
  • 19th and 20th century democracies

These lessons can be accessed online whether you're using a tablet, smartphone or other Internet-connected mobile device. If you'd like to go directly to a specific topic in the videos, use the video tags. They're located under the timeline link. You'll have the option of asking questions of the professionals when you go to the Dashboard and use the ask-an-expert feature.

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: Political Systems
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Comparing Government Structures & Political Systems

1. Comparing Government Structures & Political Systems

How do we really compare different governments? Some have kings and some have presidents. But wait, some have prime ministers. Luckily, political scientists have a structure to compare governments, as this lesson shows.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

2. 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.

Communism vs. Socialism: Similarities & Differences

3. 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.

The History and Structure of the Parliamentary System of Government

4. The History and Structure of the Parliamentary System of Government

In this lesson, we explore the parliamentary system of government and several of the European nations that employ the system, as well as the European Parliament and its constraints.

Types of Constitutional Government

5. Types of Constitutional Government

Learn about constitutional governments through the eyes of a citizen of a fictional country undergoing change. Gain insight into what each of these styles means as you weigh the benefits of unitary and federal types.

The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

6. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.

19th Century Democracies: History, Successes & Failures

7. 19th Century Democracies: History, Successes & Failures

The world today is generally on a path towards democracy, but was this always the case? In this lesson we'll look at the history of democracies throughout the 19th century and evaluate their success.

20th Century Democracies: History, Successes & Failures

8. 20th Century Democracies: History, Successes & Failures

The 20th Century, perhaps the most dramatic period of political change in the history of mankind, saw many governments created, destroyed, strengthened, and weakened. This lesson discusses democratic governments created during the period and how they fared through time.

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