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Politics of the United States
Unit 2: Chapter 3 - Section 4: Principles Underlying the Constitution
Terms in this set (8)
A belief that ultimate power resides in the people.
Rule of Law
principle that the law applies to everyone, even those who govern
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
powers directly stated in the constitution
Powers not specifically granted to the federal government or denied to the states belong to the states and the people
Powers held jointly by the national and state governments.
Article VI of the Constitution, which makes the Constitution, national laws, and treaties supreme over state laws when the national government is acting within its constitutional limits.
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