Authoritarian Those in power hold absolute and unchallengeable

Consent of the
Direct Democracy
Divine Right
Evolutionary Theory
Executive Power
Federal Government
Force Theory
Indirect Democracy
Judicial Power
Legislative Power
Public Policy
Rule of Law
Social Contract
Unitary Government
Those in power hold absolute and unchallengeable political
authority over the people.
A government which a single person holds unlimited political
An alliance of independent states.
The citizens of a country give their permission to be governed
by the country’s government, and they do this by voting.
The will of the people is translated literally into public policy
God created the state and that God had given those of royal
birth a “divine right” to rule.
Developed naturally out of the early family with the elder at
the head.
The power to execute, enforce, and administer law.
A government where the powers are divided between a central
government and several lower governments.
One person or a small group claimed control over an area and
forced all within to submit to that person’s or group’s rule.
The institution through which a society makes and enforces its
public policies.
A small group of persons, chosen by the people to act as their
The power to interpret laws, to determine their meaning, and
to settle disputes that arise within society.
The power to make law and to frame public policies.
A government in which the power to rule is held by a small
group, usually self-appointed elite.
A form of government in which the executive branch is selected
by the elected legislature.
The statement spelling out the purpose for our government.
A form of government in which the executive and legislative
branches of the government are separate, independent, and
All of the goals a government sets and the various courses of
action it pursues as it attempts to realize these goals.
Laws are fair, they’re enforced, and nobody is above the law.
Leaving the "State of Nature", people formed an agreement to
protect each other.
Supreme and absolute power within its own territory and can
decide its own foreign and domestic policies. It is neither
subordinate nor responsible to any other authority.
A body of people living in a defined territory, organized
politically (with a government), and with the power to make
and enforce law without the consent of any higher authority.
Those in power exercise complete power over nearly EVERY
aspect of human affairs.
A system of political organization in which most or all of the
governing power resides in a centralized government.