Different types of Government

Democracy-government in which political power is exercised by all citizens, either directly or through their elected representatives.

There are two kinds of Democracies

Dictatorship-In a dictatorship, power is not inherited, but is acquired by force (military or political)Dictators have absolute control over the lives of their citizens and usually people are not allowed to voice their negative opinions,North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il is considered a dictator

Direct -all citizens participate in government,There are no representatives in government: The citizens vote on everything,All citizens can create public policy if they want to.

Anarchy-No government at all…In an anarchy there is no government to make or enforce laws.

Monarchy-Rule by kings, queens, princes, and princesses… sometimes by other names, but always MONARCHS,Leaders usually gain their power because their parents were rulers too.Some modern monarchies like Spain and Japan have constitutions.

Oligarchy-Rule by few”Power can be based on several things:

Military strength = Military Junta

Family power = Aristocracy

Religious control = Theocratic Oligarchy Oligarchies can often come from or lead to other forms of government (like autocracies)

Autocracy-form of government in which political power is controlled by one individual such as a monarch, dictator, emperor, etc.

We’re going to talk about two kinds of autocracy

Representative -Like direct democracy, all citizens participate in government,People elect representatives who vote on laws for the citizens,Representatives answer to the people through regular elections,Representatives are also usually held accountable by a constitution

Theocracy-Theo” means “god” in Greek… so if a government is THEO-cratic that means it is ruled by… That’s right! A god or higher power!,Leaders (autocratic or oligarchic) are usually religious leaders and society uses religious law to settle its disputes

communism- a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.