POL 02 - January 9, 2008

POL 02 - January 9, 2008 - 1 January 9 2008 Presidential vs...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 January 9, 2008 Presidential vs. Parliamentary Democracy • American model of presidential democracy 1 • British model of parliamentary democracy Two most basic models of legislative/executive relations • Presidential • United States Separation of • Parliamentary • Britain Fusion of powers 2 • Separation of powers • Cumbersome • Fusion of powers • Efficient Separation of Executive and Legislature • Institutional separation 3 • Political separation 2 Institutional Separation of Powers in Presidential System • President can... – appoint Cabinet – veto legislation submit initiatives to • Legislature can… – approve Cabinet – override veto – write laws 4 – submit initiatives to the legislature – issue executive decrees – act as Head of state – deploy limited military force write laws – pass laws – ratify treaties – declare war – impeach the president Presidential system • President cannot • Legislature cannot 5 Role of Political Parties in the Modern Democracy Big Problem: How can millions of diverse citizens agree on policy solutions? 6 Political Parties Solve the Informational and Organizational Problem Political parties take complex political reality and reduce it to simple, ideological statements. 3 Representative Institutions are “controlled” by political parties....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course POL 03 taught by Professor Andrews during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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POL 02 - January 9, 2008 - 1 January 9 2008 Presidential vs...

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