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Study Questions -- Separation of Powers

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Separation of Powers Study Questions The Big Picture What is the purpose/goal of separating powers among the different branches (institutions) of government? President, Congress, and the Military In what way are the top military generals denied final decision authority over military decisions? Can the commander in chief (the president) set the rules for the military, such as the procedural rules for military tribunals? Can Congress ever issue commands to the top military generals regarding the use of troops in battle? Which provision in the War Powers Act is most controversial regarding Congress’ role in commanding troops? Most Constitutionally Powerful Institution Which institution of government (executive, legislative, judicial) has the most constitutional checks on power on the other two? What powers has Congress abdicated (given up) to the executive branch in the last 75 years or so? Who is the central focus of our political system today? Which institution is the final arbitrator of disputes in our society?
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