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what did checks and balance do

from the California 8th grade social studies chapter 3 section 3 

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It's purpose is to limit and balance the power among the three branches of US government.  This idea resulted because older forms of government had leaders carrying absolute power.  These forms of government did not support the people as it should.  This gave way to corruption and the people were not happy about that.