Politics, Law & Government

The world today is divided territorially into more than 190 countries, each of which possesses a national government that claims to exercise sovereignty and seeks to compel obedience to its will by its citizens. Governments can be classified in any number of ways. For example, they might be classified by the number of rulers, thus distinguishing government by one (as in a monarchy or a tyranny) from government by the few (in an aristocracy or oligarchy) and from government by the many (as in a democracy). Governments can also be classified by mode of succession; for example, ascension to governmental leadership may follow the rules of hereditary succession, or it may be determined through elections or by force. Governments also vary in terms of the laws and rules of conduct that each political entity follows.
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What’s the Difference Between Libel and Slander?
When you make a defamatory statement, you should know whether you’re committing libel or slander.
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Marketing, the sum of activities involved in directing the flow of goods and services from producers to consumers. Marketing’s…
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Political system
Political system, the set of formal legal institutions that constitute a “government” or a “state.” This is the definition…
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Police
Police, body of officers representing the civil authority of government. Police typically are responsible for maintaining…
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Politics, Law & Government Quizzes

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Structures of Government: Fact or Fiction?
Parliamentary democracy. Monarchies. Feudalism. All are types of government, but do you know the differences? Sort out the…
Amendments 1-10 to the Constitution of the United States constitute what is known as the Bill of Rights.
Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Which amendment is which? Match the amendment number to its purpose.
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Australian Government and Political System
Australia is a federation, and the duties of the federal government and the division of powers between the Commonwealth and…
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U.S. Constitutional History Quiz
Who is considered the father of the U.S. Constitution? Which English philosopher greatly influenced the Constitution? Find…
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Global Governance Quiz
Intergovernmental cooperation is essential to resolve issues of global importance. That cooperation is often made possible…
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    European organization
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  • Walter Gropius
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    United States senator
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    Economic system, any of the ways in which humankind has arranged for its material provisioning. One would think that there would be a great variety of such systems, corresponding to the many cultural arrangements that have characterized human society.
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    International relations, the study of the relations of states with each other and with international organizations and certain subnational entities (e.g., bureaucracies, political parties, and interest groups). It is related to a number of other academic disciplines, including political science, geography, history, economics, law, sociology, psychology, and philosophy.
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  • Government
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    prime minister of India
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    Italian dictator
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