POLYAS Election Glossary

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Executive Branch

The executive is the branch of government responsible for the overall governance of a state. In countries which base their political system on the separation of powers, the executive branch of government is responsible for enforcing and executing laws made by the legislative branch of government.

In the United States, the President is the head of the executive branch of government which also includes the Vice President, Cabinet members and governmental departments. The President of the United States also has the power to create some laws, such as executive orders, however they are subject to review by the judicial branch of government which has the power to declare them unconstitutional.

See also: The Legislature, The Judiciary, Branches of Government

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