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  • 1. A Constitutional Government We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution Unit 1 Section 4
  • 2. Key Concepts:
    • Constitutional government
    • Limits
    • Autocratic or dictatorial government
    • Higher law
    • Private domain
    • Monarchy
  • 3. A Constitution
    • Constitution: a legal framework for government
    • Tells how the government is organized
    • May be written, oral, or both
    • Answers questions of: (a) purpose of government; (b) the organization of government and its parts; (c) the government’s business in making laws; (d)
  • 4. A Constitution Cont.
    • (d) how people are elected to serve in government; (e) who is considered a citizen; (f) how much control citizens have over government and; (g) what rights do citizens have.
  • 5. A Constitutional Government
    • Constitutional Government: means that the person or group running the government has limits on their power.
    • limits: actions and decisions the government may not do or make
    • Some countries do not have a limited power the government has
    • Powers are limited and enforced
  • 6. A Constitutional Government Cont.
    • No limit of power on government, or limits power but the limits are not enforced, it is not considered a Constitutional Government
    • Autocratic or Dictatorial Government: a government that has unlimited power
  • 7. A Constitutional Government Cont.
    • Examples of current day dictatorial governments in black:
  • 8. Higher Law
    • A constitutional government that has a constitution that limits power is a government with higher law
    • higher law: set of laws that establish and limit the power of the government
    • All people, including governmental
    • leaders, must obey the law
  • 9. Higher Law Cont.
    • The Constitution’s functions:
      • (a) list basic rights to life, liberty, and property
      • (b) establish responsibility of government to protect those rights
      • (c) place limits on how the people in government may use power: with citizens’ rights, how resources are distributed, and how conflicts are handled
      • (d) Establishes private domain: part of a person’s life that is not the government’s business
  • 10. Higher Law Cont.
    • The government can only be changed with widespread consent of the citizens
  • 11. Final Thoughts
    • What are two areas of your private life which you think the government should not interfere? Why?