Presentation on theme: "6 Basic Principles Popular Sovereignty"— Presentation transcript:
16 Basic PrinciplesPopular Sovereigntythe people are the source of any and all governmental powerthe preamble—”we the people…..”the right to self-govern. The gov’t gets its power from the people.
2Limited Government no government is all-powerful government can only do what the people have given it the power to do.Constitutionalism: government must act according to principles laid out in the constitution itself.Rule of Law: government officials are never “above” the law
3Separation of Powers Separation of Powers: 3 branches: Executive, Legislative and JudicialPowers are distributed and separated
4Checks and BalancesChecks and Balances: each branch is subject to restraints and power. Each branch also act as watchdog of the other two. Veto: executive power to reject a congressionally passed law. Label the Chart Provided
6Judicial ReviewJudicial Review: power of the courts to determine whether the government follows the constitution. (constitutional or unconstitutional)Unconstitutional: declare illegal, null and void, no effect towards provisions of the constitution.
7FederalismFederalism: division of power among central and regional governmentsNational government – all 50 states must follow.State government-each has different interpretation and laws for same issues.