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a government in which a single person holds unlimited political power
a government in which the power to rule is held by a small, usually self-appointed elite
A centralized government in which all government powers belong to a single, central agency.
A form of government in which powers are divided between a central government and several local governments.
division of powers
basic principle of federalism, governmental powers are divided on a geographic basis.
an alliance of independent states
a form of government in which the executive and legislative branches of the government are separate, independent, and coequal
A form of government in which the executive branch is made up of the prime minister, or premier, and that official's cabinet.
The institution through which a society makes and enforces its public policies
all of the many goals that a government decides to do
the power to make a law and to frame public policies
the power to execute, enforce, and administer the law
the power to interpret laws, to determine their meaning, and to settle disputes that arise within the society
the body of fundamental laws setting out the principles, structures, and processes of a government
A form of government in which the leader has absolute power and authority
a form of government in which the supreme authority rests with the people
a body of people, living in a defined territory, organized politically, and with the power to make and enforce law without the consent of any higher authority
having absolute power within its own territory
An economy in which private enterprise exists in combination with a considerable amount of government regulation and promotion.
free enterprise system
an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods