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Unpublished Paper
A Theory of Existence of the Fourth Control Branch of the Government: A Comparative Analysis
ExpressO (2014)
  • Gabriel Balayan, American University Washington College of Law
Abstract

This paper is aimed to discuss factual existence of the fourth-independent branch of the government in the US, which could be titled as “Control Branch”. Despite the fact that it’s not constitutionally or statutorily recognized as a separate branch of the government, on the example of US Government Accountability Office and Inspector General Community, author proves the factual independence and place of this “branch” in a system of federal government, its role as an independent actor in a line with legislative, executive and judicial branches. Some examples of interaction among “four branches” are provided. Throughout the paper theoretic discussion is held and practical implications of theory are displayed, in a line with bringing some international examples of the theory being concluded in a legal practice, with focus on the current processes of Government Control in Armenia. In conclusion some findings are revealed, which in author’s opinion are hardening the process of Government Control and some recommendations are made to improve accountability and transparency in Federal Government operations in all Branches.

Keywords
  • Government Control,
  • Fourth Control Branch,
  • Government Oversight,
  • Oversight of the Government
Publication Date
February 10, 2014
Citation Information
Gabriel Balayan. "A Theory of Existence of the Fourth Control Branch of the Government: A Comparative Analysis" ExpressO (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gabriel_balayan/1/