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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 58. Does the Constitution Cause Gridlock?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43618


The American political system is marked by gridlock, and many argue the Constitution is to blame. The framers wanted to decentralize government to avoid a concentration of power. The goal was to create a government that was strong, but not too strong, and effective, but not too effective. The framers creating devices for limited government and decentralization: separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

Chapter Contributors

  • Richard L. Pacelle, Jr. ( - rpacelle) 'University of Tennessee'