China, Iran, And The United States Essay

1238 Words Jul 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
China, Iran, and the United States all have very different ways of selecting candidates for their highest respective offices. In this case study, I will examine the systems with which these countries select their leaders. In order to fully understand the election process of a country, one must first grasp the basic power organizations of that country in order to put it into context. Thus, I will first lay out the basic structures of unfamiliar countries before proceeding to process trace the country’s respective approach to the electing leaders. Through process tracing, differences between China, Iran, and the United States election processes are made clear. Ultimately, I make the assessment that processes that allow voter participation do not necessarily result in better candidates. To begin, China, also known as the People’s Republic of China (PRC), divides the power in the government among four branches, the legislative branch, the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the military branch. Since the birth of communist China, the country has operated under a single political party called the Communist Party of China (CPC). The three main institutions of power in China are essentially the party, the military, and the state. However, the party controls all institutions and becoming General Secretary of the party automatically grants you power over the other institutions (O’Neil).
Although China’s election process requires candidates to be loyal and fit certain…

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