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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Why Are U.S. Elections Held on Tuesdays?
Blame 19th-century farmers.
Demystified / 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
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
Andrew Jackson delivering a speech while on his way to Washington, D.C., for his inauguration in 1829. From Harper's Weekly, 1881.
5 Remarkably Close U.S. Presidential Elections
How much can one vote matter? A lot.
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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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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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inheritance
inheritance, the devolution of property on an heir or heirs upon the death of the owner. The term inheritance also designates...
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Politics, Law & Government Quizzes

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
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
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...
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
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
The White House South portico, Washington, D.C., USA. Photo circa 2005. White House history.
U.S. Presidential Code Names Quiz
Every U.S. president is assigned a code name by the Secret Service. This quiz will show you a code name along with two presidents’...
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
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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...
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
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Weird U.S. Presidents Quiz
What animal did Calvin Coolidge grant a presidential pardon to? Whose chair did John Adams and Thomas Jefferson vandalize...
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
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...
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
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...
Quiz / Politics, Law & Government
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