rule by the people, self-government.
· Citizens hold political authority
· Develop the means to govern themselves (in practice: rule by majority)
System of Government in which the people set up and agreed on the basic rules and procedures that will govern them
· Supported by Adams and the others who wrote America’s founding documents
· Government of laws not men
form of democracy in which political power is exercised directly by citizens
form of democracy in which citizens elect public officials to make political decisions and formulate laws on their behalf
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