To what extent is the constitutional system of checks and balances an obstacle to an

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I'm currently making an essay plan for this question, however I'm finding it hard to justify with my points as to why it hinders/doesn't hinder effective government as it's sounding more like a "to what extent are constitutional checks and balances effective" rather than focusing on the US government's effectiveness. If anyone could help me with the plan I'd be very helpful (I have my A level assessments on Wednesday!!)
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Checks and balances tend to restrain the government's ability to encroach on individual rights if designed to prevent collusion by its branches.
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Checks and balances tend to restrain the government's ability to encroach on individual rights if designed to prevent collusion by its branches.
do you mean in terms of hyperpartisanship and gridlock?
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(Original post by jesst1017)
do you mean in terms of hyperpartisanship and gridlock?
Not just those, but also concentration of power
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do you mean in terms of hyperpartisanship and gridlock?
I believe they mean that in the event that one or more branches of government try and monopolize the power to their own advantage at the expense of the rights of their citizens, the system of checks and balances ensures that there are other branches that will limit their reach and hold them accountable if required. For example, if the executive branch of the US government attempted to abuse its authority and collude with a foreign power for personal gains, then both the congress and the Supreme Court have individual mandates to hold the president accountable through a number of means as spelled out within the US constitution
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As to your question, they are effective to the extent that they are objectively applied and upheld by those within the seats of each branch. Checks and balances only work to the extent that the members of each branch honor their responsibilities and value the democracy that their position is meant to uphold over party affiliations or political/monetary connections. Otherwise, C&B can not only be rendered useless but can be abused to achieve the very thing it is meant to prevent - a monopolization of power by one individual/party (for example consider that all three branches - executive, legislative and judicial - fall under the control of one party, or are majority members that are ideologically aligned to the far end of the political spectrum)

IMO C&B is like a double-edged sword - works great if followed as intended, but can also provide a very easy route to authoritarian style governance if all the pieces of the puzzle are skillfully put in place
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