Evaluation of Checks and Balances

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  • Evaluation of the Checks and Balances system
      • "An invitation to struggle"
        • Creates dysfunctional power struggles between the branches
          • Especially where there is divided government
            • i.e. where branches are controlled by different parties
              • This is often the case due to STAGGERED ELECTIONS
          • However...
            • This is likely what the founding fathers intended
              • As the exercise and concentration of power is not centralised in the executive branch
                • Thus, tyrannical government is unlikely
      • "A recipe for gridlock"
        • Creates dysfunctional power struggles between the branches
          • Especially where there is divided government
            • i.e. where branches are controlled by different parties
              • This is often the case due to STAGGERED ELECTIONS
          • However...
            • This is likely what the founding fathers intended
              • As the exercise and concentration of power is not centralised in the executive branch
                • Thus, tyrannical government is unlikely
      • The system creates an environment where the three branches must work together in order to achieve
        • This leads to:
          • Negotiation
          • Bargaining
          • Compromise
          • Consensus seeking

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