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Popular Sovereignty

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


a system of government in which the power is divided between a central government and smaller political units such as states

Separation of Powers

the division of basic government roles into three branches

Checks and Balances

each branch of government can exercise checks, or controls over the other branches

Limited Government

everyone, citizens and powerful leaders alike must obey the law

Individual Rights

personal liberties or privilges

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