Differences between Parliamentary & Presidential government

Just a little table with a few differences between Parliamentary and Presidential government; the sort of 5 mark question that might come up. 

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Parliamentary Government Presidential government
Fusion of powers ­ In the UK the three Separation of Powers ­ Powers in the US
branches of government; the executive, are strictly separated by law, to prevent
the legislature and the judiciary, are said acts of tyranny and abuse of power. The
to be fused (Bagehot). The cabinet president cannot initiate legislation as he is
(executive) is drawn up from MPs/Lords strictly head of the executive so he must
(legislature), and judges used to be able to rely instead on members of congress.
sit in the House of Lords.
Government is accountable to President is accountable to the people ­
Parliament ­ As one of Parliament's people vote for their president directly so
functions, it has to hold government to he is held accountable directly to them in
account between elections. This is done elections. This means that if he loses
by, for example, regular sessions of Prime authority between elections, he cannot be
Minister's Questions, or just Minister's forced to step down with a vote of no
questions. Government can be defeated in confidence.
a vote of confidence.
Parliament is sovereign ­ all political Constitution is sovereign ­ the President
power comes from parliament and and congress have to act in accordance
therefore the government has to act with the constitution and judges can strike
accordingly; Parliament can always down legislation that is incompatible with
withdraw support for a government and the constitution.
force them to resign.

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