List of forms of government  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A form of government, or form of state governence, refers to the set of political institutions by which a government of a state is organized in order to exert its powers over a body politic.


Attributes of government

List of forms of government

Please note that 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.

Alphabetical list (etymologist approach)

An etymologist's approach to forms of government: the following is a list of 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 - meaning no leadership), and -cracy meaning power (eg. democracy - power of people).

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 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:

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