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basic principle of American government which states that government is restricted in what it may do, and each individual has rights that government cannot take away
delegated powers/enumerated powers
Powers specifically given to the federal government by the US Constitution,
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
the power of the Supreme Court to declare laws and actions of local, state, or national governments unconstitutional
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