7 Principles of Government

By Yi-Hsiu Wang and Alyssa W.

Popular Sovereignty

Popular Sovereignty is a government in which the people rule. An example in the constitution is the beginning verse, "We the People..." An example in the real world is a democracy, how we vote for decisions and our representatives then project that idea to all the others.

Republicanism

Republicanism is based on the belief that the people exercise their power by voting for their representatives. An example in the constitution is Article 4, Section 4, which calls for every state to have a "republican form of government." An example in the real world is the voting elections, where the two runners try to win our vote and we then give that vote to whomever we think deserves it.

Federalism

Federalism is a system of government in which power is divided between a central government and smaller units. An example in the constitution is that it was used to structure the whole constitution and also assigned certain powers.

Separation of Powers

Separation of Powers is the division of basic government roles in branches. An example in the constitution is that Articles 1, 2, and 3 of the constitution detail how power is split. An example in the real world are the three branches of government, the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial.


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