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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International trade
International trade, economic transactions that are made between countries. Among the items commonly traded are consumer...
Encyclopedia / Politics, Law & Government
A League of Nations conference in about 1930.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States (2009–17) and the first African American to hold the office. Before winning...
Biography
Obama, Barack
Military aircraft
Military aircraft, any type of aircraft that has been adapted for military use. Aircraft have been a fundamental part of...
Encyclopedia / Politics, Law & Government
Tupolev Tu-22M, a Russian variable-wing supersonic jet bomber first flown in 1969. It was designed for potential use in war against the NATO countries, where it was known by the designation “Backfire.”

Politics, Law & Government Quizzes

U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., USA
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.
High detailed Australia physical map with labeling.
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...
The White House in Washington, D.C., USA. The north portico which faces Pennsylvania Avenue.
U.S. Presidential History Quiz
The phrase “New Frontier” is associated with which U.S. president? Who was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the...
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