Now that you have learned about the institutions of government and their role in shaping American politics and government, please take a moment to reflect back on your responses to the questions posed at the beginning of this module.
In 600-700 words, please address each of the following questions:
- Do the constitutionally defined powers of the three branches of government differ from the actual powers exercised by them? Give examples of how each branch of government has “reinterpreted” one of their constitutional powers.
- What role does each of the three branches of government play in the decision-making/ policy-making process? Is this relationship defined by cooperation or conflict? Explain.
- Explain how particular historical events have shaped the nature and scope of our institutions of government. Then, provide an example of this.