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Limits of Governmental Power
One of the ideas that came out of this period is that Parliament should prevent the English monarch from exercising too much power. In the United States, the legislative body also limits the power of the head of government. At the same time, in the United States the head of government-or chief executive-also limits the power of the legislature. Create a diagram that shows how these two branches of government limit each other's power.
Use the Internet, the library, or other sources to research the various branches of the U.S. national government.
- Identify the legislative and executive branches of government and the powers of each. Especially note how each branch acts to limit the power of the other.
- Display this information on a diagram. Some of the diagrams in the textbook might provide ideas for how to use visual elements such as arrows to demonstrate relationships.