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Politics of the United States
Terms in this set (21)
A change to the Constitution
A system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
a law that punishes a person accused of a crime without a trial or a fair hearing in court
bill of attainder
A system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power
Checks and Balances
Powers held jointly by the national and state governments.
Written plan of government/ a list of laws for the nation
A meeting in Philadelphia in 1787 that produced a new constitution
Powers specifically given to the federal government by the US Constitution, for example, the authority to print money.
the branch of government that carries out laws
a law that makes an act criminal although the act was legal when it was committed
ex post facto law
agreement providing a dual system of congressional representation
Constitutional protection against unlawful imprisonment
Branch of government that decides if laws are carried out fairly.
the branch of government that makes the laws
the "implied powers" clause located in Article I, Section 8, Clause 18 of the Constitution. It states that aside from the enumerated powers given to the federal government, it also has the power to pass any law that can be traced back to those powers "delegated" in the Constitution.
neccessary and proper clause
A constitutional proposal that would have given each state one vote in a new congress
New Jersey Plan
A belief that ultimate power resides in the people.
Introduction to the Constitution
Powers given to the state government alone
Constitutional division of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, with the legislative branch making law, the executive applying and enforcing the law, and the judiciary interpreting the law
Separation of Powers
"Large state" proposal for the new constitution, calling for proportional representation in both houses of a bicameral Congress. The plan favored larger states and thus prompted smaller states to come back with their own plan for apportioning representation.
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