Popular Sovereignty <ul>“. . . from the consent of the governed.” “We the People . . .” What does popular sovereignty look like under the Constitution? Representative Democracy </ul>
Rule of Law <ul>A stronger government, but not too strong. The law applies to everyone, even those who govern. </ul>
Separation of Powers & Checks and Balances <ul>Montesquieu argued that the best way to secure liberty and prevent a government from becoming corrupted was to divide the powers of government among different actors who would check each other. Three Branches Legislative – Executive – Judicial </ul>
Federalism <ul><li>Power is shared between the federal government and the state governments.