Governments around the World: From Democracies to Theocracies

Governments around the World: From Democracies to Theocracies

by Fred M. Shelley


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Providing a valuable resource for secondary school and college students as well as the general public investigating the process of governance in different countries, this book provides a comprehensive comparative summary of how governments are constituted and operated worldwide.

• Provides readers with information about different and contrasting systems of governance used throughout the world

• Highlights the intrinsic links between governance and human rights

• Describes the purposes, charters, and operation of a broad range of international organizations

• Includes primary sources such as excerpts from constitutions and charters that are interpreted in the text

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440838125
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 522
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Fred M. Shelley is professor of geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Democracies and Republics 1

Afghanistan: Islamic Republic 5

Botswana: Parliamentary Republic 22

Canada: Parliamentary Democracy with Constitutional Monarchy 36

France: Republic 52

Russia: Federation 70

Taiwan: Multiparty Democracy 89

United States: Federal Republic 104

Chapter 2 Communist States 123

China: Communist State 126

North Korea: Communist State with Dictator Leader 144

Chapter 3 Monarchies 161

Bhutan: Constitutional Monarchy 164

Saudi Arabia: Absolute Monarchy 180

Spain: Parliamentary Monarchy 194

United Kingdom: Constitutional Monarchy, Commonwealth Realm 211

Chapter 4 Transitional States 231

Bosnia and Herzegovina 234

Eritrea 250

Libya 265

Chapter 5 Theocracies 283

Iran: Theocratic Republic 286

Vatican City: Ecclesiastical 304

Chapter 6 Other Government Types 315

Antarctica: Antarctic Treaty System 318

Mauritania: Military Junta 326

Palestine: De Facto State 340

Puerto Rico: Commonwealth 355

Somalia: Failed State 366

Uzbekistan: Authoritarian 384

Chapter 7 Transnational Organizations 401

The African Union 405

The Arab League 415

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 424

The European Union 433

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 443

The United Nations 450

Appendix A Opposing Viewpoints 461

What will Cuba be like in 2022? 461

What will North Korea look like in 2024? 466

What should be the Political status of Puerto Rico? 471

What can the Eurozone crisis teach us about economic interdependence? 480

Are free trade agreements such as NAFTA still relevant to national interests? 485

Appendix B List of All Countries and Governments 493

Facts and Figures Sources 499

Index 509

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