Political Question

Definition - What does Political Question mean?

American courts decline to hear cases involving what the courts deem are political questions.

The political question doctrine is rooted in American federalism, which provides for distinct roles for each of the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. Without the political question doctrine, the courts could intrude on the responsibilities of the legislative or executive branches.

Justipedia explains Political Question

Political questions are not synonymous with controversial questions.

The United States Constitution grants different roles and responsibilities to the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Political questions are best understood as decisions that are most properly made by the legislative or executive branches through the electoral process or the powers granted to the president and their staff. If the judicial branch never developed the political question doctrine to limit its own power, the courts would be free to meddle in the other branches' responsibilities.

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