5.2 Governments Around the World

Ask: What are the types of government systems in other countries?

Step 1: Go to the ArcGIS Online map, Governments Around the World, and explore the map.

Step 2: With the Details button underlined, click the button, Show Map Legend.

  • What colors represent which governments?
  • Which color is the United States, and what form of government does this color mean the United States has?

Acquire: What is the distribution of governments around the world?

  • What is the most common form of government?
  • What do the gray-colored countries have in common? (Hint: Click the In-Transition countries to open a pop-up for more information.
  • Why do some countries not have a form of government listed?
  • Most countries around the world have a form of democracy. What is the difference between parliamentary and presidential democracy? (T/F)

Explore: When did countries around the world gain their independence?

Step 3: With the Details button underlined, click the button, Show Contents of Map.

Step 4: Turn off the layer, Types of Government.

Step 5: Turn on the layer, Independence by Year.

Step 6: Press the button, Show Map Legend to see the categories of years.

  • What international organization was first formed in 1920?

Analyze: What has occurred since the 1920s?

Step 7: Look for the coordinating color on the choropleth map to identify 1940-1960.

  • Following World War II, countries were divided, and new countries were formed. (T/F)

Step 8: Look for the color that represents 1960-1979 and 1980-1999.

Step 9: Click Bookmarks and choose the Eastern Hemisphere bookmark.

  • Following the end of colonialism, most countries under colonial rule lost their independence. (T/F)\What trends might help explain why some areas gained independence later than others?
  • Which new country was created since 2000?

Act: How have world events affected the distribution of government types globally?

Step 10: Turn on the layer, Types of Government layer.
Step 11: Toggle the layer on and off, so that you can see both layers.

  • How did the world change after the end of the Cold War? (Hint: Pay attention to western Asia after the collapse of the USSR.)
  • One spatial pattern that is observable on the map is that countries that gained their independence from the U.S.S.R chose a democracy government model. (T/F)

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Human Geography Lab Manual by R. Adam Dastrup, MA, GISP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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