Definitions - American Politics Chapter 1 *democracy-...

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American Politics Chapter 1 *democracy- government by the people, both directly or indirectly, with free and frequent elections *direct democracy- government in which citizens vote on laws and select officials directly *representative democracy- government in which the people elect those who govern and pass laws; also called a republic *constitutional democracy- government that enforces recognized limits on those who govern and allows the voice of the people to be heard through free, fair, and relatively frequent elections *constitutionalism- the set of arrangements, including checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, rule of law, due process, and a bill of rights, that requires our leaders to listen, think, bargain, and explain before they act or make laws. We then hold them politically and legally accountable for how they exercise their powers *statism- the idea that the rights of the nation are supreme over the rights of the individuals who make up the nation *popular consent- the idea that a just government must derive its powers from the consent of the people it governs
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course POLS 110 taught by Professor Davis during the Spring '10 term at Saint Louis.

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