Governmental authority is prescribed and restricted by the law, and individual's rights are protected against government intrusion.
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.
- Bill of Rights Institute: "Limited government," accessed December 11, 2013
- US Legal: "Limited government law & legal definition," accessed December 11, 2013
- Forbes, "Republicans will win the government shutdown PR battle if they promise voters private jets," September 22, 2013
- The Seattle Times, "User fees for state parks a reasonable approach," February 1, 2011