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Intro to Government -1













1. What countries today have monarchs who lack power and instead the

    political power rests in the hands of a Parliament?


Prince Hisahito, 6: the future of Japan's monarchy


2. Can you find 3 articles related to modern day royalty (different countries





Autocracy: One person has all authority.

North Korea - officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend reportedly executed by firing squad


Oligarchy: A small group holds power.  Oligarchs derive their power from wealth, social position, military power or a combination of these



Do you think that people should have at least a high school diploma in order to vote? 

 Why?  Why not?















Section 2:            The Formation of Governments


The Framers of the Constitution worried that special interest groups–people united by special political interests–would hinder the launch of their new government.

There are two factors that contribute to global interdependence

• Growing industrialization

• Rapid technological advances

Governing in a Complex World
  • Inequalities among countries can be divided into two major groups:
  • Industrialized nations are nations with large industries and advanced technology to provide a   

               comfortable way of life.

  • Developing nations are nations that are only beginning to develop industry.
  • Global interdependence means that nations must interact or depend upon one another,

              especially economically and politically.

  • International organizations have many different goals and operate beyond national boundaries.
The five types of international organizations are:
1. National liberation organizations
3. Multinational corporations
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4. Organizations of states of the world
5. Nongovernmental organizations

Characteristics of democracy

  • Elected representatives enact laws that reflect the will of the majority of lawmakers.

  • The rights of the minority are respected and protected.

  • Free elections- Everyone’s vote carries the same weight.

  • All candidates have the right to express their views freely.

  • Citizens are free to help candidates or support issues.

  • Legal requirements for voting are kept to a minimum.

  • Citizens vote by secret ballot without coercion or fear of punishment.

  • Competing political parties (A political party is a group of individuals with broad common interests organized to win elections, conduct government and determine public policy).

  • Rival parties make elections meaningful by giving voters a choice.

A successful democracy depends on essential elements:
  1. Citizen Participation
  2. Citizens must be willing to participate in civic life.
  3. The economy must be prosperous and distribute wealth to many members of society.
  4. Capitalism
  5. An educated citizenry

Section 3:            Types of Government

Section 4:            Economic Theories


 State Curriculum
Unit 1:
  • Philosophical Foundations and Comparative Perspectives
  • Purposes and principles of government, politics, and the law