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In The Federalist Papers James Madison Alexander Hamilton and John Jay argue in support of the Constitution One of the more influential articles is Federalist 51 by Madison In the article Madison discusses the separation of powers and the theory of checks and balances He contends If men were angels no government would be necessary If angels were to govern men neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary In stating this Madison says that men are not angels and are therefore subject to wrongdoing and poor decision making He continues to say that because men are governed by other men there must be controls on government Madisons assertion can be summed up since we are a nation governed by other men internal and external controls must exist to prevent leaders from making improper and inadequate decisions Madisons assertion refers to the concepts of federalism separation of powers and checks and balances Federalism is the division of power between a central government and regional units The Constitution divides power between the states and a central government but it put more power with the national government at the expense of the states According to the Constitution the powers given to national and state governments are derived from the people who are the ultimate sovereigns The two governments can regulate the people and property within their jurisdiction but the people can also restrain both national and state governments if necessary to preserve liberty The principle of federalism exemplifies Madisons belief that internal and external controls must exist toward the government The ability of the people to restrain the use of power by the national and state governments represents the controls that Madison described The principle of separation of powers also represents Madisons view on the role of government in the Constitution Separation of powers is the division of government into the law-making legislative branch the law-enforcing executive branch and the law-interpreting judicial branch Technically meant
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