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How effectively do the three branches of the federal government check each other?

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´╗┐How effectively do the three branches of the federal government check each other? The idea of the Checks and Balances system was to essentially stabilise the separation of powers. However, there have been questions on how effective and credible the checks and balances system really is, with serious debate regarding whether a branch is supposedly more powerful than another. The original intent was that the three branches would be able to check and balance one another so that no single branch would be able to claim too much power. According to the Constitution, the legislative branch is to make the laws, the judicial branch is to review the laws to be sure that they are Constitutional, and the executive branch is to enforce the laws. ...read more.

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There is also debate on the guarantee of checks and balances on each branch. The Constitution states that the system of checks and balances grew out of the separate institutions that share power under the Constitution of the United States. By the system of checks and balances, each branch of government exercises some control over the other branches. There are several ways this can be done. The executive can veto legislation passed by Congress. Congress, however, can override a veto by a two-thirds vote of each house. The federal courts can rule on the constitutionality of a law. The President can influence the courts by the people he appoints to the judicial branch. ...read more.

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Since the United States has become a leading world nation, the Executive Branch has become more and more powerful. Using his role as commander-in-chief, recent presidents have been able to wage undeclared wars, hold people in prison without trial, and now some would argue that the U.S. president is the most powerful person on earth. The American system of checks and balances has functioned reasonably well over the course of America's history. However there have been some huge clashes that have occurred when vetoes have been overridden or appointees have been rejected. The system was meant to keep the three branches in balance. All three branches have power, but the level of power depends on the current balance of power in the bicameral system in each of the branches. ...read more.

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