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Am Government 1.1

Ch 1.1 Government and the State

Government the institution through which a society makes and enforces its public policies
public policy all the many goals that a government pursues in all the many areas of human affairs in which it is involved.
legislative power the power to make law and to frame public policies
executive power the power to execute, enforce and administer law
judicial power the power to interpret laws, to determine their meaning, and to settle disputes that arise within society
constitution the body of fundamental laws setting out the principles, structures, and processes of a government
dictatorship A form of government in which a single leader or small group has absolute power and authority
democracy A form of government in which the supreme authority rests with the people
State a body of people living in a defined territory who have a government with the power to make and enforce law without the consent of any higher authority
sovereign Having supreme power within its own territory; neither subordinate nor responsible to any other authority
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