Political Systems

Political Systems

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Term Definition
Democracy A government where political authority rests with citizens of the country
Autocracy A government where political authority rests with a single leader
Executive Head of government/state
President Title often given to the head of government/state in a presidential democracy
Prime Minister/Chancellor Title often given to the 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 Citizen elect members to legislative branch and they select the head of state in the executive branch
Political Party Organization that represents specific political ideas in a governments
Russia President
Germany Chancellor
UK Prime Minister

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