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What form of government does the United States have?

(From The Office of the Clerk of the House)

Under its Constitution, the United States is a federal, representative, democratic republic at the local, state, and national levels.

  • Federal because power is shared by the local, state, and national governments

  • Representative because delegates are elected by the people by free and secret ballot

  • Democratic because the people govern themselves

  • Republican because the U.S. government derives its power from the will of the people

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