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Would Parliamentary government work better in U.S.?

The Solution provides references, resources and talking points to use in putting together an essay for the topic: Turning the United States into a Parliamentary government. The solution guides th student in putting together, facts, arguments and viewpoints to discuss the following -

"Americans believe (at least they are taught to believe !) their federalist representative democracy is a superior government system. Take the opposing view, and argue the merits of turning the U.S. into a parliamentary, unitary government."

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I have provided some the most important points of the parliamentary government. I also included some references. I did not pull information specifically from any reference, though each of these contained this information when I was studying government. I hope it helps you. Thank you for using Brainmass.



Governments such as the United States, which are federalist with state and federal governments sharing powers of creating, enforcing, and interpreting the laws, have three separate and independent branches of government. The elected officials in each branch are elected by vote of the people (or the Electoral College which represents the vote of the people).

The parliamentary government also has three branches but two of those branches may be considered intertwined in some ways. In a parliamentary government the head of government is the prime minister or premier, but in most of these governments there is also a head of state, a president or monarch, who is a figurehead or ceremonial leader. There is power attached to the head of state, but it depends on how the person came to be the head of state that determines that power. In Spain the head of state is the king as is the queen the head of state in England. Some countries like France and Germany have ...

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Arguments on the merits of the parliamentary form of government and how they might improve American government. How heads of state are chosen and how that affects the legislation is discussed.