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January 29 - Poli 100 Section 6 Notes The Constitution Note...

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January 29, 2007 Poli 100 Section 6 Notes The Constitution Note: Gov’t=my abbreviation for “government” Constitution is the fundamental law that defines how gov’t will legitimately operate. Balancing power Not too weak (Articles of Confederation) o Free rider problems. o Couldn’t tax citizens. Not to strong either (trample liberty) o What’s the point in fighting a King in England for freedom, only to have a king in the colonies. Limit power of gov’t by o Bill of rights o Separation of powers o o Judicial review Marbury v Madison (1803) Court established for itself the right to declare actions unconstitutional. Jefferson was wrong not to execute the law. Congress was wrong for granting the court a power it did not have. Court took no action, so neither the president nor congress could ignore the ruling. The Major Compromises The Great Compromise-two chambers o Virginia vs New Jersey Plan Same number of people represent each state in Senate (smaller
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course POLI 006 taught by Professor Jamesstimson during the Spring '09 term at UNC.

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