CongressLine by Gallerywatch.com - Checks on Power is an interesting article on an Executive branch that is independent of the Legislative. The U.S., France and Russia are the 3 major democracies that have an independent Executive branch. Most democracies have some parliamentary variant where the executive is the leader of the majority party in Parliament, and senior members of the party hold Cabinet positions.
The article outlines some of the methods Congress may use to check the powers of the U.S. Executive. A good overview of the U.S. system of checks & balances.
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