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Chapter 1, Section 1

government the formal structures and institutions through which a territory and its people are ruled
power a government's authority to make and enforce policies policies and laws
policy any decision made by government in pursuit of a particular goal
state a political unit make up by a group of people that lives within a clearly defined territory
sovereignity ultimate, supreme power in a state; in the United States, sovereignity rests with the people
politics the process by which government makes and carries out decisions
legitimacy right and proper
divine right of kings the theory that a monarch rules by sanction, or approval
social contract theory a contract is formed between government and the governed to provide them protection and support; must be voluntary
Created by: plivingston