In a few words, what is the difference between autocracy and democracy?
Autocracy is a government where one ruler has absolute power. Citizens have little to no say in policy. Democracy is a government where citizens have a say in policy-making through voting and representation. In an autocracy, citizens have limited rights and freedoms, while in a democracy, citizens have more rights and freedoms.
Autocracy vs Democracy
Autocracy: A form of government in which one person (the autocrat) has absolute power and authority. Democracy: A form of government in which the people have the ultimate power to make decisions and create laws. Citizens: People who have legal rights and duties, and are members of a political state or community.
The world's oldest democracy is over 2,500 years old and was created in ancient Greece. In an autocracy, the ruler typically has absolute power and is not accountable to the people. The word 'democracy' comes from the Greek words 'demos' (people) and 'kratos' (power).
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Work together in pairs: What are the key differences between autocracy and democracy in terms of how governments make decisions and how citizens are allowed to participate?
What are the key differences between an autocratic government and a democratic government in terms of the rights and involvement of the citizens?
Work together in pairs: What are some of the key differences between an autocracy and a democracy in terms of the rights of citizens and the roles of government?
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What is the main characteristic of an autocracy?
- Power shared by multiple rulers or authorities
- Power held by the citizens
- Power held by a single ruler or authority
Which form of government gives citizens more individual freedoms and rights?
In an autocracy, who typically holds most of the political power?
- Elected representatives
- Single ruler or authority
What is the role of citizens in a democracy?
- Participate in decision-making through voting and other means
- Obey orders from a single ruler or authority
- Hold all political power
Which type of government allows for greater checks and balances on power?