Types of Governments

By Kelby Gingerich

Democracy

A system of government in which power is in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

Republic

A form of government in which power is explicitly vested in the people, who in turn exercise their power through elected representatives.

Totalitarian

In a totalitarian society, all control of public and private life are government run.

Dictatorship

A form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small group.

Theocracy

In many theocracy governments the state's legal system is based on religious law.

Monarchy

A system of government in which one person rules, usually a king or queen. The authority, or crown, in a monarchy is generally inherited.

Countries that use or used these kinds of governments.

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