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Power & Rights in US Constitutional Law$
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Thomas Lundmark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368727.001.0001

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Governmental Power

Governmental Power

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(p.5) Part One Governmental Power
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Power & Rights in US Constitutional Law
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Thomas Lundmark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368727.003.0002

This part examines the structure of the federal government of the United States, focusing on the core principles of separation of powers and federalism. Accountability, and thereby democracy, is fostered by the assignment of distinct governmental functions to discrete branches of government in accordance with the principle of separation of powers. Similar democratic considerations help account for the vertical division of governmental power in accordance with the principle of federalism.

Keywords:   federalism, separation of powers, democracy, accountability

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