Presidential Gov

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  • Presidential Gov
    • may produce more powerful and independent legislatures
    • Separation of Powers
    • USA Congress
      • Given a degree of independence from the presidency
      • BI CAMERAL
        • Senate [HIGHER CHAMBER]
          • 100 Members
          • Chambers have equal legislative power and are both elected.
        • House Of Representatives (HOR) [LOWER CHAMBER]
          • 435 Members
          • Chambers have equal legislative power and are both elected.
      • Powerful for 3 reasons.
        • Allocates a range of power.
          • Power to declare war.
          • Override Pres Veto
          • Impeach President
          • Senate has further power
            • Confirm Presidential appointments
            • Ratify Treaties
        • President cannot Count on controlling congress through party unity - Weak Party Unity
          • Elected  sparetly
          • Opposition may control both or one chamber
          • Primary interest  of Congressmen is to their voters
        • Powerful system of standing committees.
          • System of Departmental Select Committees (DSC) in UK is largely based on congressional standing committees but are weaker
          • Exert significant influence over US gov departments and their budgets.
            • Power houses of congress

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