Checks & Balances

Our form of constitutional government relies on a system of checks and balances, with the three co-equal branches (executive, legislative and judicial) operating independently in their own spheres, but with each given responsibilities to place meaningful limits on the other two, so that no single branch becomes too powerful.  Unfortunately, this carefully designed system has come under increasing pressure in recent years, especially as presidents from both political parties have usurped the powers traditionally reserved for the Congress, and as the selection process for judges—whether elected or appointed—and funding decisions for the courts have become increasingly politicized.

The Constitution Project continues to promote the proper application of checks and balances through work on a variety of issues:

Reports & Key Resources
Amicus Briefs
Press Releases & News Stories
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