A Presidential System For A Parliamentary System

862 Words Apr 13th, 2015 4 Pages
In a presidential system an independent congress from the executive office allows for a wider range of policy to be addressed and passed than that of a parliamentary system. As Mainwaring and Shugart explain because congress is separate from the executive office they can act on legislation deemed necessary rather than worrying about the stability of the government. Thus the priority of congress is exactly what it should be, to purpose and pass legislation, this allows for more serious issued to be addressed because they are not afraid of offending the executive office. Whereas in a parliament their priority is constantly torn between pushing just the right amount of legislation to make progress, but not too much that it will break the coalitions with the Prime Minister’s cabinet and thus destroying the government. Ironically the priority of legislatures in a parliament is maintaining a stable government or obtaining the majority, not pushing legislature.
Mainwaring and Shugart go on to explain the possibility of a deadlock if the President and congress majorities come from different parties; however, this is not a constant pressure like that of the hesitant, timid parliament. Even when deadlocks do occur there is the possibility of building coalition between the two opposing parties. Whereas in a parliament coalitions usually form with the majority cabinet that is in the executive office thus the legislation that is passed is one sided. A presidential system is better at…
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