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List of forms of government

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As there is often a strong correlation between certain ideologies, political systems and economic systems (for example, consider the meanings of the term communism). Many political systems overlap each other in various areas (for example consider the terms autocracy, despotism, totalitarism and tyranny). There are also various mutually exclusive hierarchical categorizations.

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Etymologist Approach to Major Political Systems

An etymologist's approach to forms of government: the following are real, possible or imaginary forms of government, all made different by the prefix and suffix combination. All use one of two suffixes: -archy meaning "leadership" (eg. anarchy - no leadership), and -cracy suffix from Greek "kratos" and means "strength" and "power" (e.g., democracy - people's power).

Alphabetical list (major systems with hierarchy)

The following list groups major political systems (recognized by political science) in alphabetical order. The various subtype political systems are listed below the main system of government. Note that many of them are not exclusive and can exist in various combinations (for example, a democracy may be at the same time a hereditary monarchy and socialist republic).

List by autonomy of regions

This list will attempt to list political systems with regard to the distribution of sovereignty, in practice meaning autonomy of its regions:

List by political franchise

This list will attempt to show a division based on political franchise (suffrage).

Weberian tripartite classification of authority

Max Weber in his tripartite classification of authority distinguished three ideal types of political leadership, domination and authority:

See Also

pl:Ustrój polityczny es:Lista de formas de gobierno

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