Checks and Balances
each branch of government can exercise checks, or controls over the other branches
a system of government in which the power is divided between a central government and smaller political units such as states
personal liberties or privilges
everyone, citizens and powerful leaders alike must obey the law
a government in which the people rule, a broad range of people shared in the power to govern themselves
the people exercise their power by voting
Separation of Powers
the division of basic government roles into three branches
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