Welcome to this subcategory of politics and government. The ebooks available here relate to political structure, with a focus on political systems, regulation, policy, and forms of government.
The study of political structure and processes is inherently linked with the analysis and classification of political systems. As politics students, teachers, and enthusiasts know, the name of a political system does not describe its usage, relevance to society, or true nature. By studying a political system in terms of its structure and the processes that form it, we can gain a better insight into its workings.
Taking, for example, the idea of democracy, a democratic vote may take place to elect the head of government, but what this means in each country can be different. Was the election fair? Were voters truly given the freedom to choose? What does the parliament do in reality?
It is possible to classify modern political systems in a number of ways. Many group them into three key areas: monarchy, democracy, and authoritarian/totalitarian rule. However, each is complex and sometimes a country’s political system can span more than one classification.
For example, while a constitutional monarchy indeed comprises an unelected king or queen, it also allows for the formation of a parliament and therefore democratic processes. The monarch is often seen as a symbolic head of state.
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