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Systems of Government by Country

Systems of Government by Country
Country nameGoverment typeNote
AfghanistanIslamic republic
AlgeriarepublicSemi-presidential systems
American SamoaNA
Andorraparliamentary democracy (since March 1993) that retains as its chiefs of state a coprincipality the two princes are the president of France and bishop of Seu d'Urgell, Spain, who are represented in Andorra by the coprinces' representatives
Angolarepublic multiparty presidential regime
AntarcticaThe Antarctic TreatyAntarctic Treaty Summary - the Antarctic Treaty, signed on 1 December 1959 and entered into force on 23 June 1961, establishes the legal framework for the management of Antarctica; the 32nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting was held in Baltimore, MD, USA in April 2009; at these periodic meetings, decisions are made by consensus (not by vote) of all consultative member nations; by May 2009, there were 47 treaty member nations: 28 consultative and 19 non-consultative; consultative (decision-making) members include the seven nations that claim portions of Antarctica as national territory (some claims overlap) and 21 non-claimant nations; the US and Russia have reserved the right to make claims; the US does not recognize the claims of others; Antarctica is administered through meetings of the consultative member nations; decisions from these meetings are carried out by these member nations (with respect to their own nationals and operations) in accordance with their own national laws; the years in parentheses indicate when a consultative member-nation acceded to the Treaty and when it was accepted as a consultative member, while no date indicates the country was an original 1959 treaty signatory; claimant nations are - Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, NZ, Norway, and the UK. Nonclaimant consultative nations are - Belgium, Brazil (1975/1983), Bulgaria (1978/1998) China (1983/1985), Ecuador (1987/1990), Finland (1984/1989), Germany (1979/1981), India (1983/1983), Italy (1981/1987), Japan, South Korea (1986/1989), Netherlands (1967/1990), Peru (1981/1989), Poland (1961/1977), Russia, South Africa, Spain (1982/1988), Sweden (1984/1988), Ukraine (1992/2004), Uruguay (1980/1985), and the US; non-consultative members, with year of accession in parentheses, are - Austria (1987), Belarus (2006), Canada (1988), Colombia (1989), Cuba (1984), Czech Republic (1962/1993), Denmark (1965), Estonia (2001), Greece (1987), Guatemala (1991), Hungary (1984), North Korea (1987), Monaco (2008), Papua New Guinea (1981), Romania (1971), Slovakia (1962/1993), Switzerland (1990), Turkey (1996), and Venezuela (1999); note - Czechoslovakia acceded to the Treaty in 1962 and separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993; Article 1 - area to be used for peaceful purposes only; military activity, such as weapons testing, is prohibited, but military personnel and equipment may be used for scientific research or any other peaceful purpose; Article 2 - freedom of scientific investigation and cooperation shall continue; Article 3 - free exchange of information and personnel, cooperation with the UN and other international agencies; Article 4 - does not recognize, dispute, or establish territorial claims and no new claims shall be asserted while the treaty is in force; Article 5 - prohibits nuclear explosions or disposal of radioactive wastes; Article 6 - includes under the treaty all land and ice shelves south of 60 degrees 00 minutes south and reserves high seas rights; Article 7 - treaty-state observers have free access, including aerial observation, to any area and may inspect all stations, installations, and equipment; advance notice of all expeditions and of the introduction of military personnel must be given; Article 8 - allows for jurisdiction over observers and scientists by their own states; Article 9 - frequent consultative meetings take place among member nations; Article 10 - treaty states will discourage activities by any country in Antarctica that are contrary to the treaty; Article 11 - disputes to be settled peacefully by the parties concerned or, ultimately, by the ICJ; Articles 12, 13, 14 - deal with upholding, interpreting, and amending the treaty among involved nations; other agreements - some 200 recommendations adopted at treaty consultative meetings and ratified by governments include - Agreed Measures for Fauna and Flora (1964) which were later incorporated into the Environmental Protocol; Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals (1972); Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (1980); a mineral resources agreement was signed in 1988 but remains unratified; the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty was signed 4 October 1991 and entered into force 14 January 1998; this agreement provides for the protection of the Antarctic environment through six specific annexes: 1) environmental impact assessment, 2) conservation of Antarctic fauna and flora, 3) waste disposal and waste management, 4) prevention of marine pollution, 5) area protection and management and 6) liability arising from environmental emergencies; it prohibits all activities relating to mineral resources except scientific research; a permanent Antarctic Treaty Secretariat was established in 2004 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Antigua and Barbudaconstitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government and a Commonwealth realm
ArmeniarepublicSemi-presidential systems
Arubaparliamentary democracy
Australiafederal parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Austriafederal republicfederal parliamentary representative democratic republic
AzerbaijanrepublicSemi-presidential systems
Bahamas, Theconstitutional parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Bahrainconstitutional monarchy
Bangladeshparliamentary democracy
Barbadosparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Belarusrepublic in name, although in fact a dictatorship
Belgiumfederal parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy
Belizeparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Bermudaparliamentary self-governing territory
Bhutanconstitutional monarchy
Boliviarepublic note - the new constitution defines Bolivia as a "Social Unitarian State"
Bosnia and Herzegovinaemerging federal democratic republic
Botswanaparliamentary republicPresidential republics with the role of the president and prime minister combined.
Brazilfederal republicfederal presidential representative democratic republic
British Virgin IslandsNA
Bruneiconstitutional sultanate (locally known as Malay Islamic Monarchy)
Bulgariaparliamentary democracy
Burkina Fasoparliamentary republicSemi-presidential systems
Burmamilitary regime
Cambodiamultiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy
Cameroonrepublic multiparty presidential regime
Canadaa parliamentary democracy, a federation, and a constitutional monarchy
Cape VerderepublicSemi-presidential systems
Cayman Islandsparliamentary democracy
Central African RepublicrepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
ChadrepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
ChinaCommunist state
Christmas IslandNA
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsNA
Colombiarepublic executive branch dominates government structure
Congo, Democratic Republic of therepublicSemi-presidential system
Congo, Republic of therepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
Cook Islandsself-governing parliamentary democracy
Costa Ricademocratic republic
Côte d'Ivoirerepublic multiparty presidential regime established 1960 - note: the government is currently operating under a power-sharing agreement mandated by international mediators
Croatiapresidential/parliamentary democracy
CubaCommunist state
Cyprusrepublicnote: a separation of the two ethnic communities inhabiting the island began following the outbreak of communal strife in 1963; this separation was further solidified after the Turkish intervention in July 1974 that followed a Greek military-junta-supported coup attempt gave the Turkish Cypriots de facto control in the north; Greek Cypriots control the only internationally recognized government; on 15 November 1983 Turkish Cypriot "President" Rauf DENKTASH declared independence and the formation of a "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), which is recognized only by Turkey
Czech Republicparliamentary representative democratic republic
Denmarkconstitutional monarchy
DjiboutirepublicSemi-presidential system
Dominicaparliamentary democracy
Dominican Republicdemocratic republic
EgyptrepublicSemi-presidential systems
El Salvadorrepublic
Equatorial GuinearepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
Eritreatransitional governmentnote: following a successful referendum on independence for the Autonomous Region of Eritrea on 23-25 April 1993, a National Assembly, composed entirely of the People's Front for Democracy and Justice or PFDJ, was established as a transitional legislature; a Constitutional Commission was also established to draft a constitution; ISAIAS Afworki was elected president by the transitional legislature; the constitution, ratified in May 1997, did not enter into effect, pending parliamentary and presidential elections; parliamentary elections were scheduled in December 2001, but were postponed indefinitely; currently the sole legal party is the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ)
Estoniaparliamentary republic
Ethiopiafederal republic
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)NA
Faroe IslandsNA
Fijimilitary junta
Finlandsemi-presidential representative democratic republic
FrancerepublicSemi-presidential systems
French PolynesiaNA
Gabonrepublic multiparty presidential regime
Gambia, Therepublic
GeorgiarepublicSemi-presidential systems
Germanyfederal republicfederal parliamentary republic
Ghanaconstitutional democracy
Greeceparliamentary republic
Greenlandparliamentary democracy within a constitutional monarchy
Grenadaparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Guatemalaconstitutional democratic republic
Guernseyparliamentary democracy
GuyanarepublicSemi-presidential systems
HaitirepublicSemi-presidential systems
Holy See (Vatican City)ecclesiastical
Hondurasdemocratic constitutional republic
Hong Konglimited democracy
Hungaryparliamentary democracy
Icelandconstitutional republic
Indiafederal republic
Irantheocratic republic
Iraqparliamentary democracy
Irelandrepublic, parliamentary democracy
Isle of Manparliamentary democracy
Israelparliamentary democracy
Jamaicaconstitutional parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Japana parliamentary government with a constitutional monarchy
Jerseyparliamentary democracy
Jordanconstitutional monarchy
Kazakhstanrepublic authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch
KiribatirepublicPresidential republics with the role of the president and prime minister combined.
Korea, NorthCommunist state one-man dictatorship
Korea, SouthrepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
Kuwaitconstitutional emirate
KyrgyzstanProvisional government
LaosCommunist state
Latviaparliamentary democracy
Lesothoparliamentary constitutional monarchy
LibyaJamahiriya (a state of the masses) in theory, governed by the populace through local councils in practice, an authoritarian state
Liechtensteinconstitutional monarchy
Lithuaniaparliamentary democracy
Luxembourgconstitutional monarchy
Macaulimited democracy
Macedonia [FYROM]parliamentary democracy
MadagascarrepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
Malawimultiparty democracy
Malaysiaconstitutional monarchynote: nominally headed by paramount ruler (commonly referred to as the King) and a bicameral Parliament consisting of a nonelected upper house and an elected lower house; all Peninsular Malaysian states have hereditary rulers (commonly referred to as sultans) except Melaka and Pulau Pinang (Penang); those two states along with Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia have governors appointed by government; powers of state governments are limited by federal constitution; under terms of federation, Sabah and Sarawak retain certain constitutional prerogatives (e.g., right to maintain their own immigration controls)
MalirepublicSemi-presidential systems
Marshall Islandsconstitutional government in free association with the US the Compact of Free Association entered into force 21 October 1986 and the Amended Compact entered into force in May 2004
Mauritaniamilitary junta
Mauritiusparliamentary democracy
Mexicofederal republic
Micronesia, Federated States ofconstitutional government in free association with the US the Compact of Free Association entered into force 3 November 1986 and the Amended Compact entered into force May 2004
Monacoconstitutional monarchy
MongoliaparliamentarySemi-presidential systems
Moroccoconstitutional monarchy
MozambiquerepublicSemi-presidential systems
NamibiarepublicSemi-presidential systems
NaururepublicPresidential republics with the role of the president and prime minister combined.
Nepalfederal democratic republic
Netherlandsconstitutional monarchy
Netherlands Antillesparliamentary
New CaledoniaNA
New Zealandparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Nigermilitary junta
Nigeriafederal republic
Niueself-governing parliamentary democracy
Norfolk IslandNA
Northern Mariana Islandscommonwealth self-governing with locally elected governor, lieutenant governor, and legislature
Norwayconstitutional monarchy
Pakistanfederal republic
Palauconstitutional government in free association with the US the Compact of Free Association entered into force 1 October 1994
Panamaconstitutional democracy
Papua New Guineaconstitutional parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Paraguayconstitutional republic
Peruconstitutional republicPresidential systems with a prime minister
Pitcairn IslandsNA
Polandparliamentary representative democratic republic
Portugalrepublic parliamentary democracy
Puerto Ricocommonwealth
RomaniarepublicSemi-presidential systems
Russiafederationfederal semi-presidential republic
Rwandarepublic presidential, multiparty system
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da CunhaNA
Saint Kitts and Nevisparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Saint Luciaparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Saint Pierre and MiquelonNA
Saint Vincent and the Grenadinesparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Samoaparliamentary democracy
San Marinorepublic
Sao Tome and PrinciperepublicSemi-presidential systems
Saudi Arabiamonarchy
SenegalrepublicSemi-presidential systems
Sierra Leoneconstitutional democracy
Singaporeparliamentary republic
Slovakiaparliamentary representative democratic republic
Sloveniaparliamentary republic
Solomon Islandsparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Somaliano permanent national government transitional, parliamentary federal government
South AfricarepublicPresidential republics with the role of the president and prime minister combined.
Spainparliamentary monarchy
Sri LankarepublicSemi-presidential systems
SudanGovernment of National Unity (GNU) - the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) formed a power-sharing government under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) the NCP, which came to power by military coup in 1989, is the majority partner
Surinameconstitutional democracyPresidential republics with the role of the president and prime minister combined.
Swedenconstitutional monarchy
Switzerlandformally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republicmulti-party federal parliamentary democratic republic
Syriarepublic under an authoritarian military-dominated regime
Taiwanmultiparty democracySemi-presidential systems
TajikistanrepublicSemi-presidential systems
TanzaniarepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
Thailandconstitutional monarchy
Togorepublic under transition to multiparty democratic rulePresidential systems with a prime minister
Tongaconstitutional monarchy
Trinidad and Tobagoparliamentary democracy
TunisiarepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
Turkeyrepublican parliamentary democracy
Turkmenistandefines itself as a secular democracy and a presidential republic in actuality displays authoritarian presidential rule, with power concentrated within the executive branch
Turks and Caicos IslandsNA
Tuvaluparliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
UgandarepublicPresidential systems with a prime minister
UkrainerepublicSemi-presidential systems
United Arab Emiratesfederation with specified powers delegated to the UAE federal government and other powers reserved to member emirates
United Kingdomconstitutional monarchy and Commonwealth realm
United StatesConstitution-based federal republic strong democratic tradition
Uruguayconstitutional republic
Uzbekistanrepublic authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch
Vanuatuparliamentary republic
Venezuelafederal republic
VietnamCommunist state
Virgin IslandsNA
Wallis and FutunaNA
Western Saharalegal status of territory and issue of sovereignty unresolvedterritory contested by Morocco and Polisario Front (Popular Front for the Liberation of the Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro), which in February 1976 formally proclaimed a government-in-exile of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), near Tindouf, Algeria, led by President Mohamed ABDELAZIZ; territory partitioned between Morocco and Mauritania in April 1976 when Spain withdrew, with Morocco acquiring northern two-thirds; Mauritania, under pressure from Polisario guerrillas, abandoned all claims to its portion in August 1979; Morocco moved to occupy that sector shortly thereafter and has since asserted administrative control; the Polisario's government-in-exile was seated as an Organization of African Unity (OAU) member in 1984; Morocco between 1980 and 1987 built a fortified sand berm delineating the roughly 80 percent of Western Sahara west of the barrier that currently is controlled by Morocco; guerrilla activities continued sporadically until a UN-monitored cease-fire was implemented on 6 September 1991 (Security Council Resolution 690) by the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)
YemenrepublicSemi-presidential systems
Zimbabweparliamentary democracy Semi-presidential systems
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