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Balancing Executive Power
Balancing executive power

One of the democratic pillars of our political system is the constitutional principle of separated powers, whereby the executive, legislative, and judiciary are restricted in the power they can exercise independently of the other branches of government. Each one checks the other, with the major role of the legislature being to check the executive.

Our system is based on a fear of concentrated power in any one place. Early in the political history of the states, the people's specific experience with colonial governors, who acted as agents of the English Crown, led to a general distrust of the executive. Thus, the framing of state constitutions in the 1776–1787 period began with the weakening of executive power and the granting of power ...

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