Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(put) checks and balances (in place)

checks and balancesput checks and balances in place
Meaning(s)
1) limits or rules within a power structure to ensure power is distributed equally
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • we need to put a system of checks and balances in place
  • Analysis
     In a system with checks and balances, power is distributed among different departments or people to prevent any one department or person from becoming overly powerful. It is a proven safeguard that is used by companies and governments alike to prevent unilateral action being taken by a rogue element which could have serious, wide-ranging repercussions. It also ensures that different departments or sections can regulate each others actions and remain in regular contact. For all the positives, checks and balances can, however, decrease efficiency and cost more money due to the amount of red tape involved.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The three separate branches of the US government are part of a system of checks and balances that go hand-in-hand with democracy.  
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. We need to put checks and balances in place to ensure that a rogue employee does not ever have the power to make unilateral decisions that negatively impact the whole operation. 
    2. The checks and balances that are in place at the moment are too unwieldy. It just leads to huge amounts of red tape which stifles creativity and efficiency.
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