Presidential political system

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    A presidential system of government or presidential system , also a presidential regime based on the American model, is a system of government in which a president ( Latin: chairman ) holds the functions of head of state , head of government and regularly also the military commander. Such a system is characterized by a pronounced separation and separation of powers . In contrast to the parliamentary system of government , the government is therefore not responsible for the legislature elected by the people .


    Characteristic is the degree of independence of the government , in particular the Government of the Legislature: He, unlike in a parliamentary democracy , not by the political no-confidence vote of popular representation, but only due to legal misconduct by a removal procedure (impeachment) be removed from office .

    While in parliamentary democracies only parliament is directly elected by the people and the government emerges from it, there are two popular elections in presidential democracies, the parliamentary election and the presidential election. Because the president does not have to have a parliamentary majority in order to get into office and stay in office, the president may rule against the parliamentary majority of other parties. In the United States of America , this is called divided government . Political scientists like Juan Linz speak of a “failure of presidentialism” because such an opposing majority would lead to a politically unstable situation that could ultimately lead to the collapse of democracy , as demonstrated by examples from Latin American countries such as Brazil and Chile .

    The semi- presidential system of government can be distinguished from the presidential system of government . In contrast to presidentialism, in semi-presidentialism there is a head of government in addition to the (state) president who can be recalled by parliament. An example of this system of government is France .


    Examples of presidential systems of government are the USA and, in fact, almost all states in Latin America . De jure it is z. In Peru, for example, a semi-presidential system of government, because the constitution provides for the position of a head of government ( Presidente del Consejo de Ministros ), who can be overthrown by parliament by a vote of no confidence. However, this is irrelevant in government practice and thus in the constitutional reality of these countries.


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    1. Reinhold Zippelius : Allgemeine Staatslehre. 16th edition, CH Beck, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-60342-6 , § 43.