UPSETTING THE APPLE CART? THE EVOLUTION OF THE THREE BRANCHES OF THE U.S. GOVERN


UPSETTING THE APPLE CART? THE EVOLUTION OF THE THREE BRANCHES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
ESSAY This essay assignment is the first and only of the summer session. The essay provides an opportunity for students to delve deeper into the practice of American government, particularly as it relates to structure, function, and evolution of the branches of the U.S. government. The essay is not meant to be a mere summary of the material, but rather show reflection, analysis, and synthesis of the course content. The essay should be well reasoned and analytically clear. In an approximately 750-word essay (not a strict limit), address the following: Because Congress was designed to represent directly the will of the people—based on the principle of popular sovereignty—the Framers of the Constitution assumed that the legislative branch would naturally be the most powerful of the three branches of the U.S. government. Today, though, students of American national politics refer to the three branches as “co-equal”—that is, all three now share the same rank and importance. Define popular sovereignty, and explain its relationship to the power of the legislative branch. Then, explicate how the executive and judicial branches have become more powerful over the course of history. Be specific. Consider, for instance, the growth of the federal bureaucracy (and the reason for it) and Marbury v. Madison. Assess the consequences of empowered executive and judicial branches. Are, for example, checks and balances enhanced? Or threatened? Would the Framers be concerned? Explain. Provide an example or two to illustrate. Essay format is mandatory, including an introduction with a thesis statement, a body organized into coherent paragraphs, and a strong summative conclusion. In order to formulate and support your argument, cite 2-4 scholarly sources. Sources assigned as required course readings are fair game. Primary sources are also acceptable (e.g., Federalists Papers). APA citation format is expected. Please double-space. Use an easily readable font, and submit as a Word document.


Leave a Reply