Intro to Comp Politics- Week 4
Intro to Comp Politics- Week 4 PSCI 2012-100
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Date Created: 09/20/15
Monday September 14 2015 Intro to Comparative Politics Week 4 Comparing Democratic Regimes l ExecutiveLegislative Relations A Comparing Presidential and Parliamentary Systems 1 Parliamentary a Head of government chosen indirectly 1 Voters gt Legislature gt Prime Minister b Length of term is flexible 1 Prime Minister can call elections at any time 2 Legislature can call a no confidence vote and if it wins the government is dissolved 0 Head of state and head of government are two different people 2 Presidential a Head of government directly elected 1 Voters vote for legislature and president b Length of term is fixed 0 Head of state and head of government are the same person B Example UK Parliamentary System 1 Voters gt House of Commons 650 members gt Prime Minister David Cameron Tory 2 Head of state is Queen Elizabeth II and the head of government is David Cameron C Consequences Pros and Cons of Each 1 Parliamentary Advantages a More flexible timing b Unified government no divided government Monday September 14 2015 c Head of state does not have to take sides in political issues merely a figurehead Presidential Advantages a Voters get to vote for the head of government b Opposition parties may have more of a say c Government options are easier to identify ll Electoral Systems A Definition the rules used to convert voters preferences into election winners how the votes get translated into seats B Comparing SMD and PR 1 Single member districts SMD a Geographically drawn districts b One set per district 7 districts in Colorado c Most votes in the district gets the seat d Also called plurality rule have to get 50 1 of the votes to win Proportional Representation PR a Multiple seats per district b Seats allocated proportional to votes get 40 of the votes get 40 of the seats
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