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SC 7-2.5 Constitutions and Government

TermDefinition
constitution plan of government that SETS THE TERMS of a social contract between a government and the people
unwritten constitution a collection of laws, traditions, and court decisions that develops over time
written constitution a document STATING THE RULES and principles on which a nation (or an organization) is run
supreme law the RULES that shape the actions of government and the people
preamble an INTRODUCTION stating the purposes to be served by government
constitutional law a body of rulings that carry legal force
autocracy a government in which power rests in the hands of a SINGLE leader and his or her advisers
oligarchy any system of government in which a SMALL GROUP, such as a political party, holds power
democracy any system in which THE PEOPLE hold power, usually through the vote
James Madison head of committee that wrote the CONSTITUTION of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BILL OF RIGHTS list of guaranteed citizens' rights 1st 10 amendments to the United States Constitution
Created by: mhardy