Federalism and Branches of Government Analytical Essay by Nicky

Federalism and Branches of Government
An examination of the U.S. system of federalism and separation of powers.
# 128520 | 1,787 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in Law (Constitution) , History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800)

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The paper explores the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government and how they are designed to keep power in the hands of the people. Then, the paper examines the nature of federalism, and how it aims to decentralize the federal government. The paper analyzes the effectiveness of this system and asserts that for the most part, the system works. The paper does note several problems, but argues that this system has still proven exemplary in the years since its creation.

Three Branches of Government
Federalism and the States

From the Paper:

"Branches of government. Separation of powers. Checks and balances. All of these are terms used to describe the system of federal government designed by the forefathers, a system that was both unique and based in history. In fact, the members of the constitutional convention drew on tenants of ancient Greek government in order to build the first three articles of the constitution. For example, Aristotle saw branches of government as a combination of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. In this way, by combining the best features of each system, Aristotle thought the best type of government could be achieved. Philosophers James Harrington, John Locke, and Montesquieu refined these ideas for application in the Western world, separating them into the powers of legislative, executive, and judicial (Mount 2007). Although the founders most definitely relied on these philosophical ideas when designing this system of federal government, they were most interested in avoiding the tyrannical leadership."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fein, Bruce. (2008, May 20). McCain's salute to checks and balances. The Washington Times. Retrieved November 6, 2008, from http://www.washingtontimes.com.
  • Mount, Steve. Constitutional Topics: Checks and Balances. (2006, August 28.) US Constitution Online. Retrieved November 5, 2008, from http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_cnb.html
  • Mount, Steve. Constitutional Topics: Separation of Powers. (2007, December 16.) US Constitution Online. Retrieved November 5, 2008, from http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_sepp.html
  • Patterson. (2008). The American Democracy Eighth Edition. McGraw Hill.
  • President Bush's Cabinet. (nd). The White House. Retrieved November 5, 2008, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/cabinet.html.

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