United States And The United Kingdom

1820 Words Nov 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Two of the most powerful democracies in the modern era, the United States and the United Kingdom lead as examples as very successful forms of democratic government. Yet despite both states utilizing democratic governments, both differ greatly on how they operate as a state and through its governmental structure.
The Constitution:
The U.S created its current constitution after the failures of the Articles of Federation. It created a strong central government that derived its powers from the constitution but also shared powers with state and local governments. The UK on the other hand, does not have a single document that stands as its constitution but instead enacts constitutional provisions over several Acts of Parliament. U.S constitution is extremely difficult to ratify through political means. This contrasts greatly to UK Acts of Parliament which can be changed by a simple majority in the legislature. The most important aspect of the American constitution is the strict separation of powers of the executive, legislature, and the judiciary branches of government. This separation of powers allows each branch to work independently but also allow them to check each other’s powers if one branch oversteps their boundaries. Checks and balances within the three branches serve to limit but also connect each to work together while being independent of each other. In the UK however, no such formal separation of powers is present. The Government Minster must be a member of one of the…
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