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CPS Notes Lecture 13

CPS Notes Lecture 13 - CPS Notes Lecture I Britain a...

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CPS Notes Lecture 13—October 25, 2006 I. Britain a) Institutional and constitutional structure, and where power lies, is much different than the U.S. as well as political culture II. House of Commons i) Chief executive of political system must be answerable to Parliament ii) Is a truly deliberative body, there to debate as well as represent interests of constituents iii) Speaker of the house is impartial, ensures rules of debate are followed iv) Party affiliation is key, determines where you sit III. British constitution a) Not one document b) Changeable constitution, very flexible. But society is largely conservative. This dynamic makes it very interesting. IV. American System vs. British system a) No obvious way of resolving who has legitimacy if the President and Congress oppose one another because both are elected i) Separation of powers, checks and balances b) British system is about concentration of power in governments and esp. in the hands of the governing party i) Governing party can do anything it wants if it wanted to—no judicial branch
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