The relative powers of the Kaiser, Chancellor and Reichstag


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The relative powers of the Kaiser, Chancellor and Reichstag and
who their relationships might be illustrated
The Kaiser,
Considerable powers under the constitution.
Personality of the Kaiser is important.
The Kaiser was the guardian of the constitution.
Was always to be the King of Prussia, reinforcing Prussia's influence in the new state.
Responsible for the publishing and overseeing the implementation of federal law.
Full control over foreign and diplomatic issues.
Power to dissolve Reichstag.
Power to create alliances, sign treaties, wage war and sue for peace.
Appointed and dismissed chancellors.
Was commander in chief of all German armed forces at times of war.
The Chancellor,
Directly responsible to the Kaiser.
Could ignore resolutions passed by the Reichstag.
Chief Minister of the Reich.
Also Minister-President of Prussia.
Responsible for the appointment and the dismissal of the state secretary who oversaw the running
of government ministries.
Lower house of federal parliament.
Members were not paid to ensure a certain type of member.
The Reichstag,
Held joint legislative power with Bundersrat.
Military was also not accountable to the Reichstag.
Control over defence budget.
Powers to pass annual budget.
Chancellor not accountable to the Reichstag.
Could be dissolved by the Kaiser.
Members could not become members of government.
Primary function to debate, accept or reject legislation.
Had limited powers to initiate legislation.


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