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Basic Concepts of Government & Economics - Chapter Summary
Enjoy your review of the role of government and the fundamental principles of government in the United States. Our lessons, quizzes and study aids can help you refresh your knowledge of key terms, as well as of types of political power and their sources.
You'll refresh your understanding of the parts of the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights and learn more about the powers of state and local governments. After viewing these lessons, you'll have a better idea about subjects including:
- The functions of government
- American government's core principles
- Democracy, constitutionalism and capitalism
- Types and sources of political power
- Structure of the U.S. Constitution
- Definition of the Bill of Rights
- Powers and responsibilities of state and local governments
Our instructors rely on humor, animations and lots of examples to keep these lessons lively. These videos average about five minutes in length, and you can watch them on a computer or mobile device. Short quizzes follow each lesson, letting you assess your progress and use the video links that are provided to jump back to the lesson to re-visit areas where your knowledge is lacking.
1. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions
In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.
2. The Core Principles of American Government
In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.
3. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism
In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.
4. Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources
In this lesson, we will take a close look at political power. We will define the term, examine its elements, and learn about several theories that help determine who gets to use political power.
5. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments
The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.
6. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments
The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.
7. What Is State Government? - Powers, Responsibilities & Challenges
The United States has a federal government and each of the 50 states has a state government. This lesson explains the organization of state governments, and explores the powers and responsibilities of state governments.
8. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
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