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Forms of Government

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Length: 43 pages33 minutes

Summary

Forms of government are the different systems and structures that are adopted for administering a State.

Forms of government are the different ways in which the structures and functions of government are arranged in different States.

It is in this lucid manner that this book will teach you forms of government.

If power resides in one person whose position is succeeded through inheritance, it is a monarchy.

If power resides in a few noble people that promote the common good, it is an aristocracy.

If power resides in a few people that promote their self interests, it is an oligarchy.

If power resides in the majority of people that have elected representatives that promote the common good, it is a democracy.

If power resides in one person that uses power cruelly and without popular consent, it is a dictatorship.

If the executive is responsible to the legislature, it is parliamentary.

If the executive is not responsible to the legislature, it becomes presidential.

If the government is centralized, it is unitary.

If the government is decentralized, it is federal.

And if the government is loosely decentralized, it becomes confederal.

For forms of government, as Alexander Pope said, let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.

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