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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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Featured content, October 19, 2021

How Does the U.S. Government Define the Difference Between a Protest and a Riot?
How does the U.S. government define the difference between a protest and a riot? A protest is “a[n]…organized public demonstration...
Companion / Politics, Law & Government
San Francisco, California/USA-1/18/20: Womens March at Civic Center marching with signs of political protest regarding equality also embracing 2020 presidential candidates and celebrating equality
The Surprisingly Disorderly History of the U.S. Presidential Succession Order
Who takes over and when?
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"On the threshold of office--what have we to expect of him?" chromolithograph by Joseph Keppler, September 1881. Print shows the members of the assassinated James A. Garfield's cabinet looking at the new president, Chester Arthur. Chester A. Arthur.
How Does the Electoral College Work?
This is one college that doesn’t offer diplomas.
Demystified / Politics, Law & Government
United States electoral college map showing number of electoral votes by state.
11 Memorable Quotes from U.S. Presidential Debates
We admit it. We’re no Jack Kennedy.
List / Politics, Law & Government
President Kennedy address on Test Ban Treaty, White House, Oval Office, July 26, 1963. President John F. Kennedy, President Kennedy
fascism
fascism, political ideology and mass movement that dominated many parts of central, southern, and eastern Europe between...
Encyclopedia / Politics, Law & Government
Benito Mussolini
police
police, body of officers representing the civil authority of government. Police typically are responsible for maintaining...
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French National Police: patrolling
Crime
Crime, the intentional commission of an act usually deemed socially harmful or dangerous and specifically defined, prohibited,...
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police officer: collecting fingerprints
political system
political system, the set of formal legal institutions that constitute a “government” or a “state.” This is the definition...
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League of Nations

Politics, Law & Government Quizzes

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43 Questions About Politics (Mostly in the United States) Compiled from Britannica’s Quizzes
This quiz gathers together questions from Britannica’s quizzes about politics, law, and government. It includes a lot of...
Playing cards featuring Gore and Clinton
Weird U.S. Presidents Quiz
What animal did Calvin Coolidge grant a presidential pardon to? Whose chair did John Adams and Thomas Jefferson vandalize...
Republican and Democrat party mascots, united states, government, politics
12 Quotes from U.S. Presidential Debates: A Quiz
Debates have been a high-profile component of U.S. presidential elections since at least 1960. How well do you know what...
Ronald Reagan and "General Electric Theater," 1954-62.
The Road to the Presidency Quiz
The votes are in, and it’s time for another quiz about U.S. Presidents! How did the country’s leaders earn their positions...
Currency. Money. Cash. Dollars. Bills. Pile of ten, twenty, fifty, and hundred dollar bills.
Quick Quiz: Determining Currency Exchange Rates
On your next international trip, you’ll have to exchange your home country’s money to the dollars and coins from the country...
Statue of Liberty in front of the skyline of Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Can You Answer These Questions from the United States Citizenship Test?
What is a Constitutional amendment? Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Answer these questions to see if you could...
Great Wall of China near Beijing, China
Could You Pass These Countries' Citizenship Tests?
Sure, a vacation might be nice. But what about moving permanently? Check out this quiz to see if you have what it takes to...
Books. Lord Alfred Tennyson. Lord Byron. Poetry. Reading. Literacy. Library. Bookshelf. Antique. Four antique leather bound books.
Quiz: How Well Do You Understand Copyright?
If you write a novel, it belongs to you forever…right? Find out (and test your knowledge of copyright law) right here.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Did You Know? Martin Luther King, Jr.
How much do you know about the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Gutzon Borglum. Presidents. Sculpture. National park. George Washington. Thomas Jefferson. Theodore Roosevelt. Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota.
U.S. History Highlights: Part One
Who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence? Who does a U.S. senator represent? Test your knowledge. Take...
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Economic system, any of the ways in which humankind has arranged for its material provisioning. One would think that there would be a great variety of such systems, corresponding to the many cultural arrangements that have characterized human society.
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International relations is the study of the relations of states with each other and with international organizations and certain subnational entities (e.g., bureaucracies, political parties, and interest groups). It is related to a number of other academic disciplines, including political science, geography, history, economics, law, sociology, psychology, and philosophy.
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