the process through which a proposal is formally approved and adopted by vote
A written set of basic principles that determines the powers and duties of a government
a change in, or addition to, a constitution or law
introduction to the Constitution that sets forth the goals and purposes of government
Legislative branch incorporating two houses.
agreement between two or more sides in which each side gives up some of what it wants
A system of government in which a written constitution divides power between a central, or national, government and state governments.
of the Constitution are broken into
seven parts that define the power of the
three branches of government and the power
of the states.
people hold the final authority in all matters of government
Checks and Balances
A system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power
Separation of Powers
the division of power among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government
Rule of Law
principle that the law applies to everyone, even those who govern
a government whose powers are defined and limited by a constitution