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Chapter 1

Participating in our Government

TermDefinition
Representative Democracy means we elect people to act as our representatives.
Constitution A written plan for government.
Separation of Powers Each of the three branches of our government has its own responsibilities and powers.
Checks and Balances It is designed to make sure that the powers of the three branches of government are balanced, or equal.
Articles One of the most important parts of the Constitution is its plan for making changes to those laws.
Amendment A change to an article in the Constitution.
Individual rights Freedoms protected by law.
Federalism Another factor limiting the power of the federal government.
Rule of Law Means that the law applies equally to all people, no matter how powerful or wealthy they are.
Popular Sovereignty The citizens of a country have a right to choose what kind of government they have.
Taxes Americans pay money every year to the state and National Governments to help pay for the services they recieve.
Common Good What is good for everyone.
Political Party A group of people who have similar beliefs about how government should be run.
Candidate A person who runs for a particular office.
Citizen There are a number of important ways to be a good citizen.
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