Government Illustrations

Government Illustrations

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  • In a federal government the power is divided between one central government (right) and several local governments (left)
  • In a presidential government the legislative and executive branches are separate and equal in power but still cooperate with one another
  • In a representative democracy officials are elected by the citizens to represent them in the government. The officials take the people's opinions into account and make decisions for the country.
  • In a unitary government all the power is centralized into one large, national government without having to divide power among any smaller, local forms of government
  • In a parliamentary government the executive branch (prime minister) is chosen by the parliament (legislative branch). The parliament has the power to make changes in the executive branch (prime minister and his cabinet) whenever necessary.
  • In an aristocracy only the royal families can participate in government and royalty is passed down through generations
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