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Three Basic Structures A government follows one of the three basic structures in dividing its power: I. Confederal systems II. Unitary systems III. Federal systems The Confederal System In a confederal system, power is distributed equally among units, such as states. Each unit functions independently The units agree to work together to meet mutual needs There is little or no central authority The Unitary System In a unitary system, all government power is held by a central government . Local offices must follow decisions made by the central government The Federal System In a federal system, government power is divided between a central government and states. States have some independence The central government and smaller units influence each other Autocratic Systems of Government An autocracy is ruled by one leader . Types of autocracies Dictatorship Monarchy Dictatorships In a dictatorship, one leader holds absolute power The leader typically gains power through force A dictator uses propaganda to get public support
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