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Unformatted text preview: 5/12/2009 Political Science Notes • Sovereignty o A governmental unit that has supreme authority and is accountable to no higher institution o United States – sovereign • Articles of Confederation o Follows the Declaration of Independence o Four Weaknesses Inadequate Powers of Government • No power to tax • No power to regulate interstate commerce Inadequate Machinery of Government • Congress o Unicameral legislature o Each state got 1 vote o Delegates chosen by state • No Executive Branch • No Judicial Branch • No way to execute laws Too rigid – rigidity • Unanimous vote need from al 13 states to amend the articles • Required super majority for most decisions • Very detailed Principle of State Sovereignty • Treated each state as an independent country • More like an alliance • State sovereignty is the fundamental reason why the articles did not work o Did not actually create a country o Not a real constitution • The Convention o...
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