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In political philosophy, limited government is where governmental power is restricted by law, usually in a written constitution. It is a key concept in the history of liberalism. The Magna Carta and the United States Constitution represent important milestones in the limiting of governmental power. The earliest use of the term limited government dates back to King James VI and I in the late 16th century.[1]

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  1. ^ "limited government". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 

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