Ch 4: Types of Government

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about various types of governments, along with their strengths and weaknesses. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

Types of Governments - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Government comes in many forms, including monarchies, democracies, oligarchies and dictatorships, with many variations within these types. In this chapter, we'll explore various types of governments, look at examples and examine the pros and cons of each system. We'll also look at alliances between nations and the role of bureaucracy. Through these lessons, you learn about topics such as:

  • The pros and cons of traditional forms of government
  • Common types of government
  • How political systems are organized
  • Functions of a supranational government
  • Bureaucracies and why they're necessary

VideoObjective
Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & WeaknessesLearn about types of governments with arguments for and against them.
Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy and More Get information on these forms of government: monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism.
Political System: Types, Definition and QuizExplore what constitutes a political system.
Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & ExamplesExamine the components of an absolute monarchy and look at examples.
What Is Democracy? - Definition, Lesson and QuizDefine democracy and see what it requires.
Nation State: Definition, Examples and CharacteristicsStudy nation states and what defines them.
Types of Constitutional GovernmentLook at various types of constitutional governments, how they differ and what they have in common.
The Development of Monarchical Nation States: the Rise of PowerSee how monarchical nation states rose to prominence and the impact of these centralized governments.
What is a Supranational Government? - Characteristics & PurposeLearn about alliances of nations, such as the European Union, how they work and why they're created.
What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & CharacteristicsGet an overview of bureaucracy, its function and structure.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: Types of Government
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

1. 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.

Forms of Government: Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy & More

2. 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.

Political System: Types & Definition

3. 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.

Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

4. Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

During the 17th century, Europe experienced economics crises, religious wars, and civil unrest. Absolute monarchy was but one response to the search for a more ordered society. In this lesson, learn the definition, characteristics and prime historic examples of absolutism.

What Is Democracy? - Definition & Explanation

5. What Is Democracy? - Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, you will learn about democracy and explore the differences between the democracy of the Ancient Greeks and the democracy of modern America and the United Kingdom.

Nation State: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

6. 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.

Types of Constitutional Government

7. 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 Development of Monarchical Nation States: the Rise of Power

8. The Development of Monarchical Nation States: the Rise of Power

In this lesson, we will study the rise of powerful kings in Western Europe. We will look at the transition from feudalism to the nation-state and examine four countries in which this transition took place.

What is a Supranational Government? - Characteristics & Purpose

9. What is a Supranational Government? - Characteristics & Purpose

Who can tell a country what to do? Technically, no one. However, if a country is part of a supranational government, then that government can order a country around. Wait, what's a supranational government? This lesson will explain.

What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

10. What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

In this lesson, we will study the American bureaucracy. We will explore its nature and characteristics, examine its role and functions, and take a close look at its human face.

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