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Popular Sovereignty

the people hold ultimate power in the government.

Limited Government

No government is all powerful. Government must obey the law.

Separation of Powers

No one component of the government holds too much power Powers are distributed among 3 different branches.

Checks and Balances

Designed to prevent abuse of power in the government


power is shared between the central/national government and the states.

Judicial Review

the power of the courts to declare a law constitutional and unconstitutional

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