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2302-Intro. - Constitutional Government Government that is...

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Unformatted text preview: Constitutional Government Government that is limited in its power and accountable for its actions Constitutions versus Constitutionism Growth of Democratic Government US the first "new nation" Lipset product of Enlightenment 20th century both tragedy and democratic progress Robert A. Dahl on Democratic Government Accountability to citizens through the competition/cooperation of elected officials Common features of a Constitution Establish political institutions Explain procedures for operating gov't. Define, distribute, and limit governmental power Provide for peaceful resolution of conflict Specify the rights of citizens Features of US Constitution Preamble "We the People of the United States in order to form a more perfect union...." Separation of Powers legislative/exec/judicial Federalism division of power between national and subnational units Protection of personal rights Principle and Practice of Judicial Review 1. 2. US Constitution key stages of development pre1787 Constitutional Convention 1787 Bill of Rights 1791 Reconstruction Amendments 186570 Nationalization of the Bill of Rights 20th century ...
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