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What was the limited role of government?


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November 25, 2008 4:55PM

The idea that government was not all powerful had become an accepted part of the English system by the time the first colonies were founded in the New World. The idea first appeared in the Magna Carta, also known as the Great Charter, that King John signed in 1215. It established the principle of limited government, in which the power of the King, or government, was limited and not absolute. Limited government is also found in the US Constitution. The Constitutional Convention developed the system of federalism, which insures limited government on a national basis.