Social Studies - 2019-20
CE.2a - Fundamental Political Principles
The student will apply social science skills to understand the foundations of American constitutional government by
a) explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Fundamental political principles define and shape American constitutional government.
Fundamental political principles
Consent of the governed: Citizens give authority to the government in exchange for the protection of their rights.
Limited government: Government is not all-powerful and may do only those things the people have given it the power to do.
Rule of law: Everyone, including government officials, must follow the law.
Democracy: In a democratic system of government, the people rule.
Representative government: In a representative system of government, the people elect public office holders to make laws and conduct government on the people’s behalf.