By James Q. Wilson

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The distinction between different types of democracies is important. The Framers of the Constitution intended that America be a representative democracy in which the power to make decisions is determined by means of a free and competitive struggle for the citizens’ votes. 16 Chapter 1 The Study of American Government RECONSIDERING WHO GOVERNS? 1. How is political power actually distributed in America? Some believe that political power in America is monopolized by wealthy business leaders, by other powerful elites, or by entrenched government bureaucrats.

The power of the Supreme Court to declare an act of Congress unconstitutional—judicial review—is also a way of limiting the power of popular majorities. It is not clear whether the Framers intended that there be judicial review, but there is little doubt that in republic A government the Framers’ minds the fundain which elected mental law, the Constitution, representatives make the had to be safeguarded against decisions. popular passions. They made the process for amending the judicial review The power Constitution easier than it had of the courts to declare been under the Articles but still laws unconstitutional.

Within a few years, every former colony had adopted one except Connecticut and Rhode Island, two states that continued to rely on their colonial charters. Most state constitutions had detailed bills of rights defining personal liberties, and most placed the highest political power in the hands of elected representatives. The 11 years that elapsed between the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the Constitution in 1787 were years of turmoil, uncertainty, and fear. George Washington had to wage a bitter, protracted war without anything resembling a strong national government to support him.

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