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Vocab sect. 1 and 2
All of the things that a government does.
Process, or the mean by which govt is conducted.
Govt. where the chief executive come from the legislature.
The U.S. ranks here in pop.
Supreme and absolute power within its own territory.
Govt. where power is split between a central and several local govts.
People living within a state.
Single person or small group has absolute authority to run govt.
Theory which states that a person with "royal blood" was given the right to rule by God.
Social Contract Theory
Throughout time people willingfully gave up some of their own freedom to the state in order to ensure the safety of everyone.
Smallest state in pop.
State dev. naturally out of the early family.
One person holds unlimites political power.
Everything that our govt. does must follow this "blueprint".
Alliance between several independent states.
Govt. where the exectutive and legislative branches are separate.
Branch of govt. that interprets the law.
Power to rule is taken by a small elite group.
Another name for a representative democracy.
Branch of govt. that makes the law.
Largest state in pop.
Branch of govt. that enforces the law.
At some point in history a person or small group took control and forced everyone there to follow them.
Democracy where the people have representatives to carry out their will.
Largest state according to territory.
Supreme authority rests with people.
Type of democracy demonstrated by an old town meeting where everyone votes.
The institution through which a society make and enforces its public policies.
Nation or country.
-FORM a more perfect UNION
-ENSURE domestice tranquility
-PROVIDE for the COMMON DEFENSE
-PROMOTE the gen. WELFARE
-SECURE the blessings of liberty
Three ways to classify?
-WHO can participate?
-GEOGRAPHICAL distribution of power
-RELATIONSHIP between legislative and executive govt.