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Similarities Between Parliamentary And Presidential System

Decent Essays
Michaela Ottenberg
12/17/17
Part C: Compare & Contrast Paper
While democracies can flourish in both presidential and parliamentary systems of government, parliamentary systems have a special advantage to the US system because of their multiparty nature. With the growth of party polarization in the United States, the two-party model is not able to properly support a presidential system. Thus, the United States could learn from multiparty parliamentary systems. While multiparty systems can create issues, especially because a group can wield a great deal of authority without a simple majority, parliamentary systems still lend themselves to stronger leadership. For instance, presidential systems can attract political outsiders with little experience in governance. Parliamentary systems foster leadership that tends, on average, to have more experience and thus stronger leadership.
When comparing parliamentary and presidential systems, depending on the nation state, the two systems can have a lot of similarities. This paper will explore the similarities and differences between Ireland’s parliamentary republic and America’s presidential system. Both Ireland and the United States have a president; however, in Ireland the President serves a 7-year term and is the head of their lawmaking body, the House of Oireachtas (Barrington 103). Like the United States Congress, the House of Oireachtas is a bicameral legislative body, meaning that it is made up of two chambers: the Dail and the
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