Presidential vs. Parliamentary

By: Maggie Torrance and Hannah Davison

Pros

Parliamentary

  • Flexible
  • Larger capacity to ensure stable government
  • More Efficient
  • More responsive to people
  • More stable

Presidential

  • Elected by the people
  • Fixed terms
  • Separation of powers
  • Each structure supervises others to prevent power abuse

Cons

Parliamentary

  • One sided
  • No term limits
  • Change may result in stopping functions in government
  • Prime Minister may abuse its power

Presidential

  • Harder to remove
  • Minority issues
  • More prone to dead lock
  • Destroy weak democracy

About

In a parliamentary government they have two executive leaders, the Head of State, and the Chief Executive. The Head of State is the monarchy, the King or Queen. The Chief Executive is the Prime Minister.

In a presidential government they have one executive that is both the Head of State and Chief Executive, the leader is the president.

Examples

Presidential

  • U.S.
  • Mexico

Parliamentary

  • Germany
  • Britan