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Constitutional Principles


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limited government
a government whose powers are defined and limited by a constitution. Government confined to those powers that protect their, life, liberty, and property.
republican government
representatives chosen by the people; The people are sovereign and authorize government to make and carry out laws.
popular sovereignty
the power of government flows from the people
separation of powers
The principle of dividing governmental powers among different branches of government (to protect against tyranny )
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
A system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
individual rights
rights guaranteed or belonging to a person