The Separation of Powers


Built on the principles of equality, consent, and rule of the majority, the Constitution provides the sovereign people with the means for effective and reasonable self-governance. As the sovereign, the people separate the three functions of government into departments and delegate specific powers to each, which protects against tyranny and preserves liberty. To that end, the principle of separation of powers helps the people maintain control of their government.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.