Civics McGill Chapter 3
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The power of the US 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.
a refusal by the president or a governor to sign a bill.
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 other branches.
Branch of government that interprets the laws and punishes lawbreakers.
Branch of government that carries out the laws.
Lawmaking branch of government.
Separation of Powers
the distribution of political power among the branches of government, giving each branch a particular set of responsibilities.
Powers shared by the federal government and the states.
Powers set aside by the US Constitution for the states or for the people.
Powers given to the federal government by the Constitution.
a system in which the decision of more than half the people is accepted by all.
a system in which government powers are carefully spelled out to prevent government from becoming too powerful.
the beginning of the US constitution, which describes its purposes.
Government by the consent of the governed.