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Checks and Balances

 

“The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority.”

Article III, Section 2

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Active Indicators

Active Indicators Over Time

Current status of checks and balances indicators

weighted authoritarian value of active checks and balances indicators, over time

 

about this category

The governance of the United States—and our ability to weather any authoritarian backslide—depends on a system of Checks and Balances wherein coequal branches of government are both willing and empowered to reign in one another’s excesses.

There are 14 indicators for Checks and Balances. Each indicator has a severity level on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being less severe and 5 being the most severe. We rate activity on each indicator along a scale of 1-10, with 1 being slightly active and 10 being fully active. Updates are made monthly.

The donut graph on the left shows how many indicators are currently active for Checks and Balances. The bar graph on the right shows the “weighted authoritarian value” for Checks and Balances at a given moment—that is, a value that reflects the active indicators multiplied by their severity ranking. You can see the status and severity of each indicator (along with relevant news articles) in the table below, as well as the 90-day trend: if the indicator has recently become active, there's a warning symbol, but if it has become inactive, there's a forward-pointing green arrow instead
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INDICATOR

ACTivity

SEVERITY (1-5)

90 DAY TREND


USG statistics fabricated to indicate progress on administration goals.

4

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Agencies defunded or leaders removed in retaliation for enforcing ethics rules or otherwise constraining administration members private gains (officials intimidated or removed).

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5

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Administration chooses not to abide by court orders.

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5

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Administration refuses peaceful transition of power after election loss.

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5

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Executive or Legislature orders the suspension of federal or state courts.

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5

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Passage of constitutional amendments that increase executive powers.

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5

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De-funding, in part or in whole, the federal judiciary.

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5

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Changing the size of the Supreme Court or apellate courts in order to install ideologically aligned justices and judges.

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5

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Firing previous judicial appointees or dismissing federal judges without cause

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5

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