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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 13. What Is the Purpose of the Separation of Powers?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43573


The separation of powers divides government functions between separate legislative, executive, and judicial branches to make it harder to implement abusive policies. Each branch also plays a role in the other branches’ functions. Disputes over the scope of each branch’s powers are common.

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  • Joseph L. Smith ( - jlsmith) 'University of Alabama'