Compare and Contrast the Westminster Political System in Britain and Any English-Speaking Caribbean Territory

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A comparison of political systems is done to deepen our understanding of our own institutions, as well as to expand our awareness and views on other political alternatives. But what is a political system. David Easton (A System Analysis of Political Life, 1965) defined a political system as that "behavior or set of interactions through which authoritative allocations are made and implemented for society". Simply put it’s a set of institutions and agencies that implement goals of a society. The Westminster system derives its name from the Palace of Westminster, the home of the British House of Parliament. It is a adversarial two party system that utilizes a single member plurality system. The plurality system is easy to …show more content…
The House of Lords processes and revises legislation and acts as a check on the government and the House of Commons through oral and written questions and policy debates. The Peers’ expertise allows them to deal with broad issues related to science, economy, and the constitution.
The House of Commons
The House of Commons is made up of 650 Members of Parliament (MPs), all of whom are elected by voters to represent them and their interests. No special training or background is necessary to become an MP, though any person running for a seat in the House of Commons must be at least 21 years old.

The Executive
The executive branch consists of the head of state, the head of Government known as the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. The Cabinet is composed of approximately 20 Members who are chosen by the Prime Minister from the House of Commons. It is this element that creates a fusion of power of the legislative and the executive. The functions of the Cabinet are to initiate and decide on policy, the supreme control of government and the co-ordination of government departments. The exercise of these functions is vitally affected since Cabinet depends upon majority support in the House of Commons. Majority governments based on a single party are typically stable, as long as
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