The Spirit of the Laws by Montesquieu

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What is the aim of Montesquieu in separating the government into three parts?  

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Montesquieu's plan sounds very much like how the United States divides its government, and, in fact, it did influence the US Constitution. 

The separation of government into three branches with separate powers was one of Montesquieu's lynchpins for securing personal freedom, whether the form of government is monarchial or republican. Without separation of powers, citizens in a realm cannot rest assured of their liberty, Montesquieu argued. Montesquieu based his ideas about separation of powers on Locke's Second Treatise of Government.

Separating power into three realms—those who make the laws, those who interpret/uphold/if necessary...

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