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A form of government in which citizens rule directly and not through representatives.
A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.
a government in which people elect delegates tomake laws and conduct government.
A legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate
enabled voters to remove public officials from elected positions by forcing htem to face another election before their term was up.
A system in which power is divided between the national and state governments.
Governmental power is spread among more than one person or group.
A federal union in which the federal government will dominate.
Governance according to the expressed preferences of the majority.
Situation in which majority uses advantage in numbers to suppress rights of minority.
A majority greater than a simple majority of one over half, e.g., 3/5, 2/3.
Right that belongs to all humans from birth, such as life, liberty, and property.
Separation of Powers
The division of power among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
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.
Branch of government that enforces the laws
Branch of Gov't charged with creation of new laws.
Branch of government that handles justice and runs the courts.
To charge with a crime or misdemeanor.
A political system governed by the wealthy people.
A government run by religious leaders.
a form of government in which a small group-landowners, military officers, or wealthy merchants-controls most of the governing decisions
a form of government in which a single individual-a king, queen, or dictator-rules
Dominance through threat of punishment and violence.
Someone who denies the existence of god.
A believer in one god.
A person who believes in more than one god.
Having only one spouse at a time.
Having more than one spouse at a time.
A vote that blocks a decision.
An advisory group selected by the president to aid him in making decisions.
A person sent to a foreign country to represent his or her government.
Court in which lawsuits are heard. In contrast, criminal cases are heard in criminal court.