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.