Presidential System

Discipline: Political Science

A system of government where the legislative, executive, and judicial branches are separate from one another, and operate on a system of checks and balances, according to which each branch has certain powers and responsibilities that balance and counter those of the other two.

Separation of powers is thus a characteristic of presidential systems, and contrasts with the fusion of powers in parliamentary systems.

The political system of the United States is an example to presidentialism.


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