The U.S and U.K Governments Compared

Whether you’re living in the U.K, or in the U.S, you may find that, even if you’re not really familiar with the political system of the other nation, have noticed that it definitely differs at least a little from your own. If you’re in the U.S, for example, you may wonder how it is that the Prime minister is regularly seen in Parliament despite the fact that he is a member of the Executive (ruling Party) (In the U.S the President cannot be a member of Congress- or the Supreme Court- because of the Seperation of Powers outlined in the Constitution). Similarly, if you’re only familiar with U.K Politics, you might wonder how and why it is that the states have great power in U.S political issues (it is, in fact, a Federal system). The fact is, that, while the U.S and the U.K share the same language, their seperate political systems are quite different, for although they are both democracies, particularly concerning the different characteristics of their respective constitutions, they are quite distinct.

If you’re interested in finding about how the U.K’s Political system is different to that of the U.S, don’t know much about your own system and want to learn more, or are an A-Level student revising for U.S Politics, you might find this brief little article useful. In it, I discuss some of the major differences between the two systems.

The American Constitution is codified, meaning it’s written down in a single document.

This one:

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It is, of course, not this short! It is under 20 printed pages worth of specific directions detailing the way that the country should be run, originating from 1787. Unlike the U.K’s Constitution, it does not have its origins in a variety of different sources, but exists in one single document, which, if you’re a Politics student, you can find at the back of your Politics Textbook 🙂 (Your U.S one ;))

The details- what are the major differences between the Political systems of the U.K and U.S?

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