Politics, Law & Government

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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"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.
The Surprisingly Disorderly History of the U.S. Presidential Succession Order
Who takes over and when?
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Map of Congressional Districts in the state of Wisconsin, reflecting district boundaries current to the 113th United States Congress. 2014
What Is Gerrymandering?
You may have heard about this in the news, but how is it affecting you?
Demystified / Politics, Law & Government
Lead image for "A History of U.S. Presidential Elections in Maps" list
A History of U.S. Presidential Elections in Maps
Every presidential election since 1789.
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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
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...
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Hugo Grotius
property law
property law, principles, policies, and rules by which disputes over property are to be resolved and by which property transactions...
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international payment and exchange
international payment and exchange, respectively, any payment made by one country to another and the market in which national...
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Flooding of a residential neighbourhood in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina, August 2005.
insurance
insurance, a system under which the insurer, for a consideration usually agreed upon in advance, promises to reimburse the...
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Tupolev Tu-22M, a Russian variable-wing supersonic jet bomber first flown in 1969. It was designed for potential use in war against the NATO countries, where it was known by the designation “Backfire.”
military aircraft
military aircraft, any type of aircraft that has been adapted for military use. Aircraft have been a fundamental part of...
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Politics, Law & Government Quizzes

U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., USA
Structures of Government: Fact or Fiction?
Parliamentary democracy. Monarchies. Feudalism. All are types of government, but do you know the differences? Sort out the...
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Amendments 1-10 to the Constitution of the United States constitute what is known as the Bill of Rights.
Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
Which amendment is which? Match the amendment number to its purpose.
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Republican and Democrat party mascots, united states, government, politics
Republican or Democrat?
Think you’re a political junkie? Prove it by acing our Democrat or Republican quiz.
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A 1912 poster shows Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and William Howard Taft, all working at desks, superimposed on a map of the United States. The three were candidates in the 1912 election.
U.S. Presidential Elections Quiz
Which day of the week are U.S. presidential elections held? Who was George Washington’s running mate? Test your knowledge...
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High detailed Australia physical map with labeling.
Australian Government and Political System
Australia is a federation, and the duties of the federal government and the division of powers between the Commonwealth and...
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Election - Voters in polling station voting in 2012 Presidential Election, Ventura County, California, November 6, 2012.
Voting for the U.S. President: A Quiz
Test your knowledge of how voters voted in U.S. presidential elections across history. Quiz content provided by
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Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm speaking and thanking delegates at the Democratic National Convention (third session), Miami Beach, Florida, July 12, 1972.
Women’s History: Leaders Quiz
Women have been political leaders for centuries. Test what you know about their accomplishments with this quiz.
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
President Lyndon B. Johnson (Lyndon Johnson) signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., others look on East Room, White House, Washington, D.C., July 2, 1964.
U.S. Constitutional History Quiz
Who is considered the father of the U.S. Constitution? Which English philosopher greatly influenced the Constitution? Find...
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Secretariat Building at United Nations Headquarters with Members States' flags flying in the foreground, United Nations Headquarters, New York City, New York. (photo dated 2017)
Global Governance Quiz
Intergovernmental cooperation is essential to resolve issues of global importance. That cooperation is often made possible...
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The White House in Washington, D.C., USA. The north portico which faces Pennsylvania Avenue.
U.S. Presidential History Quiz
The phrase “New Frontier” is associated with which U.S. president? Who was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the...
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
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