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7 Principles of Government. 1.Popular Sovereignty. Authority for government flows from the people- they rule through their representatives. 2.Republicanism. Voters hold the power to elect representatives to exercise power for them. 3.Limited Government.

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1 popular sovereignty
1.Popular Sovereignty

Authority for government flows from the people- they rule through their representatives.

2 republicanism
2.Republicanism
  • Voters hold the power to elect representatives to exercise power for them.
3 limited government
3.Limited Government
  • Powers of government are restricted by the Constitution.
4 federalism
4.Federalism
  • Power is divided between the national and state governments, limiting central power.
5 separation of powers
5.Separation of powers
  • Each branch of government has its own responsibilities and limitations.
6 checks and balances
6.Checks and balances
  • Each of the three branches of government exercises some control over the others, sharing power among them.
7 individual rights
7.Individual rights
  • Unalienable rights guaranteed to all citizens.