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17 Cards in this Set

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what is federalism?
~shared power between the state and federal/national government
what does the executive branch do?
~enforces/carries out the laws
what does the legislative branch do?
~makes the laws
what does the judicial branch do?
~interpreted the laws
~made sense of the law after reading it(judged it)
what is expressed power?
~power given to the national/ federal government
what would happen if a branch got too powerfl?
~the branch/leader would become a tyrant
~same as having a king
~the people wanted a loose government
what was Separation of Powers?
~division of power into 3 branches in order to keep one branch from becoming too powerful
what is concurrent power?
~powers used between both national and state governments
what is reserved power?
~powers given to the state government
how does a bill become a law?
~each of the 3 branches have to agree to the bill and then it gets passed as a law
what was the purpose of the Separation of Powers?
~the authors of the constitution didn't want one branch to become too powerful
what are checks and balances?
~system that prevented one branch from becoming too powerful
what is an antifederalist?
~didn't support the the constitution
~they thought the states should have more power than the national government
could each branch control any of the two branches?
(ex. president veto over legislative branch)
what is a federalist
~supported the constitution
~thought the national government needed more power than the states
~U.S. government needed more power
what are the 3 main branches that were made in the separation of powers?
~legislative branch(congress)
~judicial branch(supreme court + federal courts)
~executive branch(president)
what compromise did Madison propose to enable Virginia to approve of the Constitution?