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Fedralist Paper 47 and the Importance of the Separation of Powers Within the Government

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed47.asp In this Federalist Paper, Madison not only qualifies his reasoning for the importance of the separation of powers within government but compares the differences of this phenomenon within the thirteen original states, in the post revolution era. Madison contemplates the "particular structure of government and the distribution of this mass of power amoung its constituent parts." Madison writes: The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. He goes on to state that: In Delaware, the chief executive magistrate is annually elected by the legislative department. The speakers of the two legislative branches are vice-presidents in the executive department. Read more