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POL 02 - January 11, 2008

POL 02 - January 11, 2008 - 1 January 11 Outline British...

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1 January 11: Outline • British Parliamentary system – Institutional fusion of powers – Political fusion of powers 1 • Veto Points in the British system • Electoral Rules and Number of Political Parties Parliamentary system Prime Minister can… – “ form the government dismiss the legislature Parliament can… select the Prime Minister vote “no confidence” in government and 2 submit laws to parliament act as head of state deploy limited military force in government and Prime Minister pass laws ratify treaties declare war Parliamentary system Prime Minister cannot… Parliament cannot… 3
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2 Executive Branch in Parliamentary vs. Presidential Systems PARLIAMENTARY Executive = PM + Cabinet PRESIDENTIAL Executive = President + Administration 4 British parliament has two political parties 5 Labour Conservatives 1 Veto point Prime Minister and Cabinet support a bill Implies that their 6 For a law to pass Implies that their party colleagues (a majority of parliament) will also vote ‘yea’ House of Commons
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