republican form of government

republican form of government
A government constructed on the principle that the supreme power resides in the body of the people. See Chisholm v Georgia (US) 2 Dall 419, 457, 1 L Ed 440, 456. A government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the people and which is adminis tered by persons holding their offices for a limited period or during good behavior. 16 Am J2d Const L § 390. Not to be confused with the Republican Party. Within the meaning of the provision of section 4 of article 4 of the United States Constitution that "the United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a republican form of government," the term signifies a government of a state of the Union which has been recognized by Congress as being a government republican in form. Pacific States Tel. Co. v Oregon, 223 US 118, 56 L Ed 377, 32 S Ct 224.

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