Counterbalancing influences by which an organization or system is regulated, typically those ensuring that political power is not concentrated in the hands of individuals or groups.
- The current system provides good checks and balances that ensure distribution is transparent and fair.
- He sees the role of unions as limited to providing checks and balances within a capitalist democracy.
- To ensure the latter, the constitutional system is full of checks and balances.
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