-a philosophical device, used by enlightenment thinkers such as Locker, Rousseau, and Harrington, to suggest that governments are only legitimate if created by a voluntary compact among the people.
-if government violates contract people can abolish it
-a loose association of states or territorial units without any or much power in a central authority.
-the basic framework of law that prescribes how government is to be organized, how decisions are to be made, and what powers and responsibilities government shall have.
Articles of Confederation
-the first constitution of the Untied States, adopted during the last stages of the Revolutionary War, created a system of government with most power lodged in the states and little in the central government.
-a political doctrine advocating limited government based on popular consent, protected against majority tyranny.
-the abuse of the inalienable rights of citizens by government.