Ch 8: Parliamentary and Presidential Systems

About This Chapter

Watch a series of video lessons and learn how a presidential and a parliamentary form of government differ, as well as how they are similar. You can test your knowledge at the end of each lesson and easily review topics that gave you trouble.

Parliamentary and Presidential Systems - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In a parliamentary form of government, Parliament, which is a legislative body, holds all the power, including the naming of an executive leader, usually called a prime minister. This is different from a presidential form of government, which has a strong executive branch headed by a leader elected by the people. The lessons in this chapter examine both types of government and give you an idea of the powers held by Parliament and by presidents. After watching these videos, you'll be informed and able to:

  • Outline the history and structure of the parliamentary system
  • Explain the roles of the president in a presidential system
  • Discuss the cabinet and bureaucracy of a presidential system
  • Describe the roles and powers of the prime minister and cabinet of a parliamentary system
  • Compare and contrast the parliamentary, presidential and semi-presidential systems
  • Identify the rules regarding executive term limits and removal from office

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