PBS Anywhere

Providing Support for PBS.org

Crash Course Government and Politics

Checks and Balances: Crash Course Government #3

Episode 3 | 8m 30s

In theory, the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Brach are designed to keep each other in check, and to keep any branch from becoming too powerful. In reality, the system was designed to keep the president from becoming some kind of autocrat. For the most part, it has worked.

Aired: 12/01/15

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video?