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Questions tagged [checks-and-balances]

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Who sets US tariffs, Congress or the executive branch? [duplicate]

I am pretty sure that tariffs are supposed to be set by laws enacted by Congress in the United States, at least according to the Constitution. However, I keep hearing about this or that president ...
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What checks & balances exist on covert operations?

Due to a series of tweets by Boots Riley, I've been reading about COINTELPRO, "a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States FBI aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, ...
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Does Constitutional Court deciding upon a law related to its members break the “checks and balances” principle?

According to this article, Romanian Constitutional Court decided upon a notification coming from a parliamentary party regarding its own members immunity. Shortly put, they are deciding the ...
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How do democracies maintain the independence of judiciary? [closed]

While a constitutional democracy requires an independent judiciary, the same cannot be elected by popular vote. One possible way is that the Executive head would appoint and promote the judges, but ...
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Are there checks and balances in the Philippine Congress on Rodrigo Duterte?

Are there any limits to his power from Congress while he controls a majority there?
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When can the US political system examine the president for mental health issues?

It's obvious that any president's mental health should be considered of utmost importance. In the USA, mental health tests are not a prerequisite to run for office. However, there are several systems ...
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Does the United Kingdom, in practice, have other constitutional principles which limit the principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty?

In the United Kingdom it seems to me that the only Constitutional principle that matters is the principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty. From that link this part sums up my reasoning quite nicely: ...
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Has power been stripped away from the US Constitution, during the Obama Administration?

In an interview on 60 Minutes last month, the Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, was being asked about his opinions of Donald Trump. One of his answers included the following quote (...
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Interdependence and independence of powers

How can the judiciary branch be independent while still being interdependent of the other two serving as check and balance? Could the other two branches be similarly independent and interdependent at ...
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Why is the Supreme Court not balanced in terms of their political views?

Wikipedia says: Article III of the United States Constitution leaves it to Congress to fix the number of justices. The Judiciary Act of 1789 called for the appointment of six justices, and as ...
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Executive actions and federal department regulations

During President Obama's State of the Union, he talked about how if Congress didn't enact laws to help the environment, his administration would. He also did this with gun control. My question is if ...
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What are some examples of “checks and balances” outside of the United States? [closed]

The three branches of the United States government (legislative, executive, and judicial) all participate in the governing process and in many cases can check the actions of another branch. Are there ...