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the process by which government makes and carries out decisions
businesses compete against each other which controls the market, competition is a central feature of free enterprise
the supreme power of a state to act within its territory and have absolute authority over its internal and external affairs
the people recognize the government
according to john locke, people enter a social contract with the government to protect their own rights
any decision made by government in pursuit of a particular goal
The right to speak freely, practice any religion, assemble in protest, and freedom of the press.
Rights all people possess because they are people
the ultimate authority rests in a single national government.
divine right of kings
The idea that the right to rule was given by God
majority choice minority rights
Uncommon today, there is a weak central government with all the power in the hands of the smaller state governments.
One person, most common form of government in world history.
also known as public good, doing the most good for the most of the population.
characteristics of a state
A state is a political unit with the power to make and enforce laws over a group of people living with a clearly defined territory.
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