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This title examines parliaments in world history from the earliest parliaments in Iceland, the Isle of Man, and the United Kingdom, to more modern parliaments in France, New Zealand, Israel, Iran, Hungary, Jordan, Kuwait, Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Rwanda, Bangladesh, China, and Afghanistan. Different types of parliaments, such as the democratic Westminster model, are highlighted, as are different types of parliamentary structures, such as bi- and unicameral. The governments by which parliaments function, such as monarchies, democracies, and dictatorships, as well as different economic systems are examined, as are how parliaments and prime ministers are elected and cabinets are chosen and describes the function of each. Also examined is the role of political parties in the formation of a parliamentary government. Influential statesmen such as Charles de Gaulle, Lech Walesa, Helmut Kohl, Margaret Thatcher, and David Ben-Gurion are introduced, as are important works such as the Magna Carta, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Strengths and weaknesses of parliamentary systems are analyzed, and the citizen's role, rights, and responsibilities in both democratic and nondemocratic parliaments are also covered. Exploring World Governments is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
BISACS JNF043000, JNF030000, JNF025000
Genre Nonfiction
Subject History, Social Studies
Copyright 2011
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Essential Library
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Season 2011-01-01
ISBN 9781617147937, 9781617840791
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 328.3
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1200
Accelerated Reader® Quiz NOT AR
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Exploring World Governments – Library Media Connection

This informative series explains the need for government and introduces exemplars of various forms. The writing is clear and attractive layouts use pictures and sidebars. Recommended.

Exploring World Governments – School Library Journal

As a collection, these books cover their topics in depth, including historical global background on each type of government. They have balanced viewpoints that reference specific periods and current figures. . . . The volumes are informative and succinct, without overloading readers with extraneous facts. The authors consistently discuss how any given type of government impacts that country’s relationships with its neighbors and the world and investigate how it impacts the lives of its citizens, in both positive and negative ways. The material is up-to-the-minute and conveys the overall sense that governments are always in flux.

Author: Mary K. Pratt