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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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9 U.S. Presidents with the Most Vetoes
Hail to the chief.
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Gerald R. Ford playing golf during a working vacation on Mackinac Island in Michigan, July 13, 1975. Gerald Ford.
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.
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
What Is the Difference Between Criminal Law and Civil Law?
Who initiates, standards of proof, and the case of O.J. Simpson.
Demystified / Politics, Law & Government
Wood gavel, soundblock, scales and stack of old books against the background of a row of antique books bound in leather.
Marketing
Marketing, the sum of activities involved in directing the flow of goods and services from producers to consumers. Marketing’s...
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Tactics
Tactics, in warfare, the art and science of fighting battles on land, on sea, and in the air. It is concerned with the approach...
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Sumerian phalanx
Economics
Economics, social science that seeks to analyze and describe the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth. In...
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Diplomacy
Diplomacy, the established method of influencing the decisions and behaviour of foreign governments and peoples through dialogue,...
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Politics, Law & Government Quizzes

A 1912 poster shows Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and William Howard Taft, all working at desks, superimposed on a map of the United States. The three were candidates in the 1912 election.
U.S. Presidential Elections Quiz
Which day of the week are U.S. presidential elections held? Who was George Washington’s running mate? Test your knowledge...
High detailed Australia physical map with labeling.
Australian Government and Political System
Australia is a federation, and the duties of the federal government and the division of powers between the Commonwealth and...
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
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.
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’...
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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...
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...
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