Government Systems

Government Systems

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Term Definition
Autocracy A government where political authority rests with a single leader.
Democracy A government where political authority rests with a nation's citizens.
Executive Head of government/Head of state
President Title often given to head of government/state in a presidential democracy
Prime Minister Title often given to head of government in a parliamentary democracy
Chancellor Title often given to head of government in a parliamentary democracy
Legislature Law making body
Bi-cameral Having a legislature divided into an upper and lower house
Presidential Democracy Citizens elect both members of legislative branch and executive branch
Parliamentary Democracy Citizens elect members to legislative branch- then members of legislative branch select the head of state
Political Party Organization which represents specific political ideas in a given country
Russia – Who is Russia's leader? Russia has President
United Kingdom – Who is The United Kingdom's leader? The United Kingdom has a Prime Minister
Germany – Who is Germany's leader? Germany has a Chancellor

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