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A written plan of government
Basic beliefs, rules, or laws
Informed and active membership in a political community
A system by which people elect delegates to make laws and conduct government
News and media have freedom to express their ideas in writing
A principle of constitutional government; a government whose powers are defined and limited by a constitution.
No restraints are placed on the authority of the government. Often leads to limited individual rights.
Cruel and oppressive government or rule
Section of a document
Bill of Rights
A list of guaranteed individual rights in a government's constitution
The branch of government that makes the laws
The branch of government that carries out or enforces laws
The branch of government that interprets laws (court system)
A belief that ultimate power resides in the people.
Government by the people
A principle of government in which people elect representatives to make decisions on their behalf.
Separation of Powers
The division of power among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government
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 meeting or formal assembly of representatives or delegates
A system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
A group of people elected or appointed to perform some service or function, as to investigate, report on, or act upon a particular matter.
A change or addition to the Constitution
Constitutional principle that recognizes people's fundamental rights
Composed of two legislative bodies or houses
An area represented by a member of the legislature
A government's plan for revenue and spending
To charge a state official with a crime, leading to a trial in Senate
Of or relating to the government of a city or town
The process of becoming a new citizen
Special Interest Group
A group of people seeking to advance their views on a public issue
A proposed law presented to a legislature for consideration