Systems of Government:
In this class we will examine several basic models of government.Â For each form of government you will be asked to consider the following questions:
Â Â Â Â (1) how does this government maintain itself/how is it structured?
Â Â Â Â (2) what are the benefits/advantages of this form of government?
Â Â Â Â (3) what are the disadvantages/dangers of this form of government?
Â Â Â Â (4) how is power transferred in this form of government?
Â Â Â Â (5) what historical/current examples of this type are there?Â Who were/are proponents of this system of government and why?
The 12 basic models (and related key terms you should know) which we will examine in class are as follows:
Â Â Â Â Â AnarchyÂ (Amish, Tolstoy,Â ChristianiaÂ in Copenhagen)
Â Â Â Â Â DictatorshipÂ (coup d'etat, tyrant, autocrat, enlightened despot, benevolent dictator, Socrates)
Â Â Â Â Â MonarchyÂ (succession, primogenitor, nepotism, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Shakespeare, divine right)
Â Â Â Â Â Constitutional MonarchyÂ (balance of powers)
Â Â Â Â Â OligarchyÂ (plutocracy, aristocracy)
Â Â Â Â Â CorporatocracyÂ (corporocracy, corporate police state)
Â Â Â Â Â TheocracyÂ (fundamentalism)
Â Â Â Â Â Totalitarian GovernmentÂ (Orwellian, fascism, Stalinism, Maoism)
Â Â Â Â Â DirectÂ (Pure)Â DemocracyÂ (mob rule, majority)
Â Â Â Â Â RepublicanÂ (Representative)Â GovernmentÂ (politician)
Â Â Â Â Â Democratic RepublicÂ (checks and balances, separation of powers)
Â Â Â Â Â Parliamentary DemocracyÂ (Prime Minister, Chancellor, coalition)