Power Between The Executive And Legislative Branches Of Government

1399 Words May 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
The role of a democratic state is to represent the view of its people and bring forth their ideas. In order to maintain this role, the state must have a system of checks and balances to preserve the voice of the individual. In many nations around the world, the balance of power between branches of government is weak or absent, leaving democracies to fail in their mission, to vest the power to the people. In this paper, I will analysis and compare the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of government in the British parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy and Russia’s semi-presidential republic. In the British democracy, the legislature has a powerful role in the government, including checks on the executive in contrary in Russia the Duma is weak in comparison to the Russian president. The British parliament is the strongest branch of the British democracy by constitutional law, but in Russia, the president is in control. I argue that without a strong legislative branch checking the executive branch a democracy will break down leading to the muting of the voices of the people.
The independent variable in my causal argument is the strength of the legislative branch in comparison to the executive branch. Even though the British Monarch is the head of state the Monarch’s role is more ceremonial than governing, so I will evaluate the relationship between the prime minister and the House of Commons, the elected house of parliament. In…

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