Presentation on theme: "Democracy Supreme political authority rests with the people"— Presentation transcript:
1 Democracy Supreme political authority rests with the people Can be either direct or indirectIndirect: aka Representative; people are elected to express the will of the people.
2 Dictatorship Oldest and most common form of government Those in power have absolute, unchallengeable, authorityEither autocracy or oligarchyAutocracy: single person holds political powerOligarchy: power to rule is held by a small groupCuba
3 Unitary A centralized government All government powers held by a central agencyCentral agency creates local units for convenienceNOT a dictatorshipFrance
4 FederalPowers of government are divided between central government and local governmentsDivision of powers cannot be changed by local or national level alone
5 Confederate An alliance of independent states Central organization handles matters member states assign to itEuropean Union
6 PresidentialExecutive and legislative branches are separate but coequal (have same amount of power)Branches can block actions of the other branches
7 Parliamentary Executive (Prime Minister) Prime Minister and Cabinet are members of legislative branchPrime Minister is the leader of majority partyGreat Britain