Limited government

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Limited government is a theory of governance in which the government only has those powers delegated to it by law, often through a written constitution.[1] Governmental authority is prescribed and restricted by the law, and individual's rights are protected against government intrusion.[2]

The theory of limited government should be distinguished from the political term "small government" often used by political conservatives to promote policies involving less government regulation and reduced funding for social programs.[3][4]

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