(Solution) Poli 330N Week 4 Discussion: Differences and Similarities between Presidential and Parliamentary Systems

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 7, 8
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Initial Post Instructions
Discuss the differences and similarities between the presidential and parliamentary systems, including the executive and legislative branches. Which system do you feel serves its citizen better? Why? Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from assigned readings or online lessons, and at least one outside scholarly source.


There are various types of democracies. These include presidential, parliamentary, and hybrid democracies(Whitman, 2019). Parliamentary democracies have a chief executive who is held accountable by to the legislature. The legislative body retains the authority to dismiss the chief executive. On the other hand, a presidential democracy has a chief executive who is directly elected by the people(Whitman, 2019). In both systems, the role of the judiciary remains unaltered. It is independent of all and any influence from the other two arms of the government. Judges do not receive any ex ante instructions or ex post sanctions beyond their mandate (Kesselman,Krieger, &Joseph, 2019). The two democratic systems vary significantly in relation to power and structure of the executive and legislature.

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