Essay about Comparison Between England And Germany

1772 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
While democracy is present in much of the modern world, it is difficult to define exactly what democracy is due to the varying ways of governing present in the world. In this paper, I will compare England and Germany according to Lijphart’s models of majoritarian and consensus democracies. In Lijphart’s model, there are two main ideas in which these two systems differ: how easy it is for a single party to take control of the government and how much a party can change policy once they have control of the government. The first includes ideas such as party affiliations of the cabinet, executive-legislative relations, number of political parties, electoral systems, and interest group affiliation ("Constitutional Choices"). The second includes topics of federal unit setup, legislature, amenability of the constitution, judicial review, and bank independence ("Constitutional Choices"). Using these two broad ideas, the democracies of England and Germany are able to be compared. In reference to the ease with which a single party can take control of a government, one can find the English system of government to be a fairly good example. When considering the party affiliations of the cabinet, every member of the current cabinet of the United Kingdom is a member of the conservative party. As the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is a member of the conservative party, her cabinet appointments follow suit. However, due to the possibility of a vote of no-confidence, there is also a shadow…

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