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Glossary of Government Unit 1 Vocab

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NATION
group of people united by bonds of race, language, custom, tradition, and sometimes, religion
REPUBLIC
a government in which woters hold sovereign power; elected representatives, responsible to the people, exercise that power
BUREAUCRACY
government administrators
POLITICS
the effort to control or influence the conduct and policies of government
DEMOCRACY
government in which the people rule
ANARCHY
political disorder
OLIGARCHY
a system of government in which a small group holds power
SOVEREIGNTY
the supreme and absolute authority within territorial boundaries
AUTOCRACY
a system of government in which the power to rule is in the hands of a single individual
STATE
a political community that occupies a definite territory and has an organized government with the power to make and enforce laws without approval from any higher authority

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