Weaknesses of the Weimar Constitution


Weaknesses of Weimar Constitution

- Problems = Article 48, Proportional Representation 

  • Proportional Representation - Voted for a party, each party allocated seats reflecting the number of voters. Sounds positive but ends up with lots of tiny groups and lack of decision making, no majority so no decisions being made.
  • Article 48 - an emergency power which the President didn't need the Reichstag's approval with, they could order decrees (Laws passed by one minister in a parliament, which have not been approved by the majority parliament), didn't make it clear what an emergency was, President could say an emergency was whatever they wanted, Hitler used it to take power legally.
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