Dictators and democracy Lesson objectives Look at and assess different forms of government looking in depth at a case study of a dictator.
orange - parliamentary republics • green - presidential republics, executive presidency linked to a parliament • yellow - presidential republics, semi-presidential system • blue - presidential republics, full presidential system • red - parliamentary constitutional monarchies in which the monarch does not personally exercise power • magenta - constitutional monarchies in which the monarch personally exercises power, often (but not always) alongside a weak parliament • purple - absolute monarchies • brown - republics where the dominant role of a single party is codified in the constitution
North Korea : Case study • Debate • Do you think that this video clip shows a realistic image of life in North Korea • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VzDqbMUlrU
Government type: • Communist state one-man dictatorship
Redefining the term rogue state through its isolationism, controversial nuclear weapons programme and missile testing, North Korea is probably the most mysterious country in the world today
Kim Il Sung, may have died in 1994, but he is still the president of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the name locals prefer for their country). His son, a man who has only ever uttered one sentence in public (it was ‘Long Live the Victorious Korean People’s Army’ at a rally in Pyongyang in the early 1990s), continues to rule like a medieval monarch, an unknown quantity with nuclear weapons and a huge army at his beck and call, giving sleepless nights to governments in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.
How has having a dictator had a positive or negative effect on North Korea?