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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 26. Term Lengths, Stability, and Responsiveness

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43586


Convention delegates created selection processes, constituencies, and term lengths that differed across separate institutions as part of a system of checks and balances in a representative democracy. While some changes have been made over time to the original design, their choices continue to shape the landscape of contemporary politics.

Chapter Contributors

  • Beth Henschen ( - bhenschen) 'Eastern Michigan University'