Government Chapter 3 Vocabulary
Coordinating vocabulary for Chapter 3 in Government
Terms in this set (18)
Government by consent of the governed
The beginning of the U.S Constitution, which describes its purposes.
A system in which government powers are carefully spelled out to prevent government from becoming too powerful.
A system in which the decision of more than half the people is accepted by all
Powers given to the federal government by the Constitution
Powers set aside by the U.S Constitution for the states of for the people
Powers shared by the federal government and the states
separation of powers
The distribution of political power among the branches of government, giving each branch a particular set of responsibilities
The lawmaking branch of government
The branch of government that carries out laws
The branch of government that interprets the laws and punishes law breakers
checks and balances
A system in which the powers of government are balanced among different branches so that each branch can check, or limit, the power of the other branches
A refusal by the president or a governor to sign a bill
The power of the U.S Supreme Court to determine if a law passed by Congress or a presidential action is in accord with the Constitution
A written change to the Constitution
The leaders of the executive departments, who also act as advisers to the president
of or relating to the central government in a system of governing in which powers are divided between different levels of government.