Popular Sovereignty; the people are sovereign, all power resides with them, government only governs with their consent WE THE PEOPLE
Limited Government; no government is all powerful, only you can do what people will allow, it's the other side of popular sovereignty.
Separation of Powers: Powers are distributed among 3 different branches.
Checks and Balances: each branch is subject to a number of restraints by the other
Federalism; power is shared between the central/national government and the states.
Judicial Review: the power of the courts to declare a law constitutional and unconstitutional
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