a system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
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
The people decide for themselves wether or not to have something, the right of the people to govern themselves
The idea that certain restrictions should be placed on government to protect the natural rights of citizens
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