The highest degree of political freedom

Govt is carried out in the interests of the people

Peaceful transfer of power from one govt to the next

Used in Western World. eg. UK, USA.

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Direct Democracy

People consulted on a decision

People determine what decision should be considered (initiatives)

eg. Referendum on Devolution in the UK.


An individual or intuition forcing people to act a certain way

The state has coercive power; force such as terror, prison, execution as sanctions.

Influence as power; weakest form, no force. The Media.


The right to exercise power

Elective authority - Parliament.

Traditional authority - Monarchies. Lasted over many generations.

Charismatic authority - when a personality has the ability to command a following .eg. Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair.

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