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Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances

To protect against majority tyranny, the founders created a system based on two closely linked principles:

1. Separation of powers

Divides the federal government into three equal branches of government (which are?)

1.                          2.                          3.

2. Checks and balances  

Gives each branch powers that enable it to prevent the other branches from taking actions that it opposes.

Both principles are different yet closely linked!

(Know the difference!)

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