chapter  5
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Sunset clauses and separation of powers

The doctrine of separation of powers is a cornerstone in the foundation of modern democracies. Its roots, though, are drawn from the manuscripts of ancient philosophers, such as Aristotle. 1 Although several authors approached the idea of separation of powers, such as Locke 2 and Sir Humphrey Mackworth, 3 nowadays Montesquieu is considered the scholar who established its dogma, as Vile 4 and Casper 5 state. By laying out the theoretical framework of the doctrine, the main objective is to discover the potential interaction between sunset clauses and the separation of powers.