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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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Featured content, March 13, 2021

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.
What Is Gerrymandering?
You may have heard about this in the news, but how is it affecting you?
Demystified / Politics, Law & Government
Map of Congressional Districts in the state of Wisconsin, reflecting district boundaries current to the 113th United States Congress. 2014
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
6 Oddly Named U.S. Government Operations
Who on earth came up with “Operation Toenails”?
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Confidential files
Fascism
Fascism, political ideology and mass movement that dominated many parts of central, southern, and eastern Europe between...
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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

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...
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...
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...
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’...
Encyclopaedia Britannica thistle graphic to be used with a Mendel/Consumer quiz in place of a photograph.
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...
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