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limited government
Basic principle of American government which states that government is restricted in what it may do, and each individual has rights that government cannot take away.
representative government
System of government in which public policies are made by officials selected by the voters and held accountable in periodic elections.
Magna Carta
Great Charter forced upon King John of England by his barons in 1215; established that the power of the monarchy was not absolute and guaranteed trial by jury and due process of law to nobility.
Petition of Right
Document prepared by Parliament and signed by King Charles I of England in 1628; challenged the idea of the divine right of kings and declared that even the monarch was subject to the laws of the land.
English Bill of Rights
Document written by Parliament and agreed on by William and Mary of England in 1689, designed to prevent abuse of power by English monarchs; forms the basis for much in American government and politics today.
charter
A city’s basic law, its constitution; a written grant of authority from the king.
bicameral
An adjective describing a legislative body composed of two chambers.
propriety
Organized by a proprietor (a person to whom the king had made a grant of land).
unicameral
An adjective describing a legislative body with one chamber.