Q & A
What is the difference between limited and unlimited forms of government?
The difference between limited and unlimited forms of government is how much power and control political leaders have. In a limited form of government, the leaders have limits on their power and control. In a unlimited form of government, there are no limits on the leader’s power and control, so leaders can do whatever they want. For example, in a unlimited government such as Peru’s government during Alberto Fujimori's reign as president, leaders like Alberto Fujimori could do whatever he wanted. Peru’s government used to be a unlimited form of government because there were no limits on Alberto Fujimori’s power and control after he overstepped the constitution, destroyed the separation of powers in Peru’s government, and broke other limits. An example of a limited government is the United States of America’s government. In the United States of America, power is separated evenly among branches, so one branch doesn’t have all the power. This limit along with others make the United States of America’s government limited. In unlimited forms of government such as a dictatorship or a absolute monarchy, citizens have their rights restricted and do not have a say in government. In limited forms of government such as a direct or representative democracy, citizen’s rights are not restricted, and they have more of a say in government.
A chart of the different types of government.
What makes a good citizen?
To be a good citizen means to be respectful, obeying, understanding, and informed. A good citizen should be informed, so they are able understand current problems and politics. A good citizen should also participate in government so their opinion is represented. A good citizen should understand and obey laws/rules so they know what is allowed and what is not allowed and also to keep their society safe. A good citizen should also know that being a citizen allows and restricts some your rights, and also comes with responsibilities that they are expected to do. For example jury duty and paying taxes. That makes it so the citizen knows what is expected as well as what they have the right to do. A good citizen should respect the rights of other people to help keep order and set a good example for other citizens to follow. If a citizen does every one of these, then they are a good citizen.