Unit 5: Political Institutions
This unit looks at the various forms of government a country can adopt and how government forms the foundations of the institutions that countries build. Although this course tries to give a global perspective on government, a lot of the specifics we will look at will be from the perspective of the United States.
The Max Planck Manual has a global perspective and was written for the people of the Sudan as they contemplate and hope for a future of democracy and stability. If you were from the Sudan, which would you chose: federal or unitary relationships between the central government and the local governments; a president or a prime minister to lead; legislature or a parliament to make laws? And what difference does it make, anyway? This unit will explore these types of questions.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 20 hours.
5.1: Federal vs. Unitary Forms of Government
5.2: Legislatures vs. Parliaments
5.3: Presidents vs. Prime Ministers
5.4: Bureaucracy and Public Administration
5.5: Law and the Courts
Unit 5 Assessment