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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 27. Can the Constitution Handle Political Parties?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43587


The Constitution was constructed without accounting for the role political parties would play in our political system. This rendered some provisions of the Constitution (e.g., the Electoral College, impeachment process) less effective. However, the separation of powers and federalism provisions help safeguard against many negative consequences of parties.

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  • Michael Catalano ( - mcatalano) 'SUNY Binghamton'