Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - POL Tuesday, November 10,...

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POL Tuesday, November 10, 2009 In the presidential system , the most distinctive feature is the fusion of the head of state and the head of government - it is most democratic this way - if you ʼ re going to elect the head of government, who controls all bureaucratic and “mere” policy making functions, it makes sense that they are the same person as the head of state (representing the country on an international level, national integration) - A head of state will go to any natural disaster for example - the head of state shows the sympathy of all of us - A head of government would go to such events to decide “heres what were going to do about it” - competent management of the response If someone such as Obama shows up at one of these natural disasters, he either looks insincere because people think he ʼ s looking for votes or people think he ʼ s callous if he doesn ʼ t show up at all In parliamentary systems, those two functions are separate - integral function/ policy making/executing function - Prime minister will show up and people think he ʼ s looking for votes, but the governor general (head of state) can show up and people will accept the sympathy In USA, the point of the legislative making process is designed to be inefFcient In Canada, every single bill passes, if not, government falls Argument used in canada by pro-monarchists: the monarchy is good because it produces the last line of defense against the prime minister (who is elected and has the
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course POL 103Y1 taught by Professor Professorkopstein during the Fall '09 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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