Democratic Regimes

heads of government in charge of the everyday tasks

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Unformatted text preview: - Extent of international influence highly variable ! Culture and Democratization - Political culture—culture of democracy? - Democratic traditions and individualistic society, not modernization, that breeds democracy ! Executives: Heads of State and Government - Executive carry out the laws and policies of a state - Leads the country - Sets the national agenda Two different roles here: 1. Head of state (Queen) (US President) 2. Head of government (Prime Minister) (US President) -Reigning versus ruling - May be separate or combined ! ! Heads of Government - In charge of the everyday tasks of running the state, especially in making policy - In many countries, this takes the form of a prime minister ◦Elected by the legislature ◦Usually head of the largest party in legislatures ◦Serves at their pleasure—can be removed by a vote of no confidence by the legislature ◦May be weaker or stronger, depending on head of state - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Heads of State - The institution in charge with symbolizing nation at home and abroad - May be a president or a monarch - Directly elected, indirectly elected by legislature, or hereditary (monarchy) - May be weaker or stronger, depending on head of government ! Legislatures: Bicameral o...
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