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Examine how the system of checks and balances represents the three govermental branches.

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gaye777 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM via web

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Examine how the system of checks and balances represents the three govermental branches.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM (Answer #1)

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The system of checks and balances is specifically designed to represent the powers, abilities, and the interdependency of the three branches of government.  The lawmaking branch, known as the Legislative, the enforcement branch, known as the Executive, and the independent branch of jurisprudence, the Judicial, represent the three branches of government.  Checks and balances works on the premise that each branch has a specific function in the role of government.  Like a table with three legs, each branch is seen as having the same amount of power as the other two branches.  At the same time, no one branch can become too powerful, as the other two branches exercise "checks" or limitations against its power.  The system of checks and balances represents the three governmental branches because it can only function when each particular branch is able to clearly know what it can do and how its power is limited by the other two branches.  In this, the system of checks and balances becomes predicated on the legislative, executive, and the judicial branches.

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