Essential Question: How do the governments of different nations in the Western Hemisphere affect the lives of people today?


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Government is the body within an organization that has the authority to make and the power to enforce laws, regulations, or rules. There are many types of governments in the Western Hemisphere.


  1. What are the basic types of government found in your area?
  2. Who are the leaders of your government?
  3. How is the government designed to meet the needs of the people in your area?
  4. What are the similarities and differences in the structure and functions of governments of the Western Hemisphere nations today?