"Limited government" stands in contrast to the doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings. Under that doctrine, the king, and by extension his entire government, held unlimited sovereignty over its subjects. Limited government exists where some effective limits restrict governmental power.What are the principles of limited government?
The principle of limited government states that government is restricted in what it may do, and each individual has rights that government cannot take away. Limited government can be explained in another way; it is the idea that the government must obey the law, or constitutionalism.