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Politics of the United States
Guth USH Basic Constitutional Principles
Terms in this set (7)
A belief that ultimate power resides in the people.
A principle of constitutional government; a government whose powers are defined and limited by a constitution.
Separation of Powers
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.
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
review by the US Supreme Court of the constitutional validity of a legislative act.
Rule of Law
No one is above the law
a form of government in which power is divided between the federal, or national, government and the states
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