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popular sovereignty Belief that people can and should govern themselves; idea that government's authority comes from the people
legislative branch Branch of U.S. government that makes the laws; it is composed of the Senate and House of Representatives (congress)
executive branch Branch of U.S. government that carries out the laws; The President is the head of the thia branch
judicial branch Branch of government that decides if laws are constitutional; consists of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts
judicial review The power the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if laws are constitutional
checks and balances The system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other two branches
interstate commerce trade and other business dealings between two or more states
federalism the constitutional system that shares power between the national and state governments
majority rule a basic principle of democracy that says laws are passed by majority vote and elections are decided by a majority of the voters
interest group an organization that actively promotes the view of some part of the public on specific issues in order to influence government policy (PAC)
Created by: Franceschini