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popular soveriegnty

the power of the gov. comes from the people

limited power of government

the government can't do whatever it wants, it has limits and must follow the constitution


the federal gov. doesnt have all the power, some power must be given to the states and people

serparation of powers

not all power can go to one branch, it must be divided up

checks and balances

one branch checks the decisions or proposals of another branch

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