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Discuss the key characteristics of monarchies, theocracies, and democratic, autocratic, military governments. Describe the waves that have pushed the shifts in democracy and the issues that pushed these waves.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise on forms of government, describing and providing examples of monarchies, theocracies, democracies, autocracies and military governments around the world.It also provides a discussion on the shifts in democracy and the causes of such shifts. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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Forms of Government

Nations are organized under governments. As such we refer to nations as states wherein the 'government' is seen as a centralized body composed of a group of individuals who have monopoly over the legitimate use of force and manner of organization and administration of the entire territory, setting and administering public policy and through the use of customs, institutions, laws and other established social structures, exercise sovereign, political and executive power across the territory and within the borders of the nation, over individuals who are subject to or are citizens of said nation. There are several types of government that have been practiced by nations and peoples across the world all through human history.

Government Forms: Description


In a monarchy, sovereignty over the entire nation is held by one individual (the monarch). While this was the 'standard' form of nations in Old Europe prior to the modern age, over the years, to adapt to new social demands, there have been different mutations or forms of monarchy. The 'old standard' is known as absolute monarchy wherein the monarch has full control and little to no limitations on state and political affairs making it a kind of autocracy. Then there is constitutional monarchy, the most common adaptation today wherein the monarch has limited powers and the power is held by the country's constitution with political and state affairs handled by a congress or parliament, making the monarch just figureheads (i.e. the UK, Thailand). Monarchy can be hereditary, as the position of monarch is decided by ...

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