Parliamentary Government

Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur
August 1974
New Republic;8/31/74, Vol. 171 Issue 9, p13
Discusses disadvantages of a parliamentary government in the U.S. View that Balance of power between the legislative and the executive bodies; Statement that according to the nature of American political tradition, the parliamentary system is an unrealistic alternative; Threat of no-confidence vote in a parliamentary system; Argument that if the President is given the power to dissolve the government, it would lead to the weakening of executive and legislative bodies; Possibility of misuse of the President's executive power by the threat of new elections to keep rebellious legislators in line; Statement that the illusion of the parliamentarists is that Parliament controls the executive; Criticism of each other's political system by the U.S. and Great Britain; View that as Parliament may look better from the United States, so the Congress may look better from England.


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