10 terms

Constitutional Underpinnings

Vocabulary for the origins of the Constitution and federalism, etc.
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social contract
an implicit agreement among people that results in the organization of society
republic
a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
separation of powers
a principle of govt. whereby constitutional authority is shared by 3 separate branches of govt.
implied powers
Powers assumed by the federal government, that are assumed to be necessary and proper to carry out its delegated powers into effect.
dual federalism
the federal system under which the national and state governments were responsible for separate policy areas
confederation
a loose association of independent states
enumerated powers
the powers explicitly given to Congress or the President in the Constitution
devolution
the transfer of powers and responsibilities from the federal government to the states
concurrent powers
powers that are shared by both the federal and state governments
block grants
federal funds provided for a broad purpose, unrestricted by detailed requirements and regulations