Distributive Authority Comparison Between Germany and Russia

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Single Party Influence in Germany and Russia Christian Russo Introduction The political structures of Germany and Russia are different but one trait they have in common is that they both use a multi-party system with one major party influencing government more than the rest. Russia is a unique government that can be viewed as a semi-Presidential state that uses a multi-party system to represent their government. On the other hand, Germany is a Parliamentary system but they also use a multi-party system within government. A multi-party system is one in which multiple political parties have the ability to take control of government, as a pose to one party taking sole control. Russia and Germany both have a multi-party system that is being controlled by one party, causing their distribution of authority to be slightly more concentrated than it should be. General Information The semi-presidential system used in Russia is relatively new and was established in hopes to avoid some of the weaknesses seen in Parliamentary and Presidential systems. In Russia, the head of state (the President) and the head of government (the Prime Minister) share the power of the executive. This aspect of the head of state and head of government sharing the executive power is what distinguishes Russia’s semi-presidential system from the others. The President is elected by a voting process similar to those in Presidential systems. In order to become President in Russia, a candidate must receive 50% of votes or more. If this does not occur then the top two receivers of votes will have another election and the consequent winner becomes the President elect. In this type of system, the President acts as the head of state and with the approval of the Parliament he/she decides who should become the Prime Minister. The legislative power is instilled in the Federal Assembly,
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