PS 106 Handout Week 6

PS 106 Handout Week 6 - democracy? President has a fixed...

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Week 6: Presidential vs. Parliamentary System and History of Germany (10/13 – 10/17) Section A: Presidential vs. Parliamentary System 1) What are the differences between the Presidential and Parliamentary system? 2) Linz says “For the nations with deep political cleavages and numerous political parties, parliamentarism is more conducive to stable democracy than presidentialism…Presidentialism has contributed to instability in Latin America.” How does Horowitz respond to this argument? 3) Based on your understanding of U.S. presidential system, how do the following features of presidential system contribute to (or, constrain)
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Unformatted text preview: democracy? President has a fixed term in office Separation of powers between legislature and executive Section B: History of Germany 1) How was Otto von Bismarck crucial to the unification of Germany? 2) What were the effects and implications of WWI on Germany? 3) What were the key factors that brought the downfall of the Weimar Republic? 4) How was power consolidated under the Third Reich? 5) What were the implications of WWII on Germany with respect to its territorial boundaries?...
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