Spanish translation: frenos / contrapesos y equilibrios
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English term or phrase:political checks and balances
for not only may laws be broken without anything in the nature of punishment but in a complex modern State, with its political checks and banlances, it is by no means easy to detect a 'sovereign' in anything more than a formal sense.