The disadvantages for the republic government is we can vote for people to represent us on day to day issues. If America was a true democracy, then everyone would vote on the state and federal budget, and the names of Post Offices. So to try to achieve a better level of effectiveness and progress, we have a republic, where we elect representatives to go make decisions for us.
The downside to that is that politicians can lie to us or mislead us as to their views. They can also be bought off by special interests, drowning out the voices of the masses.
So, neither is a perfect system, but there you have it.
There are three branches of govt (executive, judicial, and legislative) and three levels (federal, state, and local). A governor is the head of the executive branch for state level government, and the mayor is basically the head of the executive branch at the local level.
Today women are active in politics at all levels in Germany, and the country has its first female Chancellor, Angela Merkel. As in most (probably all) countries, women are under-represented in public life. Joncey
18, just as in the other states. How old do you have to be or what do you have to do to emansipate youself
Federal and State authorities have broad powers to enforce environmental laws including both civil and criminal prosecution. The political will to enforce these laws is not very powerfull at the moment. Some of them do, called Environmental Protection Units, or Dumping Units, or Hazmat Investigations