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7 Principles of Government

Articles of Confederation first constitution of the US; receives its powers from the state government; criticized for being too weak
United States Constitution replaced the Articles; established a limited government based on powers being shared between the states and the nation
Bill of Rights first ten amendments of the constitution; provided a written guarantee of individual rights
Popular Sovereignty belief that power comes from the people
Representative Democracy a system where the people have a voice in government by electing representatives to make decisions about the laws for all people
Individual Rights unalienable rights of all citizens; guaranteed in the Bill of Rights
Federalism a system in which power is divided between the nation and states
Separation of Powers division of power among the legislative, executive and judicial branches
Checks and Balances a system that allows each branch to limit the powers of the others branches to prevent one from becoming too strong
Limited Government a government whose powers are defined and RESTRICTED by the Constitution
Legislative bicameral; includes the House of Representatives and the Senate; makes the laws
Executive Carries out the laws; includes the president, VP, and the cabinet of secrataries
Judicial can declare laws unconstitutional; Supreme Court and justices
Created by: brechbillc