Political Similarities Between Germany And The United States

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Harold McCoy Prof. Maalouf Pol 240 (T,TH) 5/29/2011 Accountability The German government is similar to the American government in many ways but one key difference that makes the two stand out from each other is where the executive power is located. In the American government the power if the executive is located in the office of the presidency and in the German government it is located in the office of Chancellor. The president of the United States is the commander and chief of the Armed forces and is also the head of state; whereas, the chancellor essentially has all the powers of the presidency but is not the head of state. The head of state in Germany is the president and they handle diplomatic relations and serves as a ceremonial…show more content…
Both Presidential forms of democracy have their strengths and their weaknesses; after analysing the two the Presidential system of the US seems to be the most effective way to rule because of the high accountability aspect. Things may appear to move slower in that form of democracy, but in times of emergency when things need to be done quickly there are methods to make sure that they are done. Also, the bi-partisan system that is the time consuming aspect of the United States democracy essentially in theory should always produce the best result. This is because all views are expressed and everyone has had a chance to look and see what the best way that they could be accommodated while still trying to come to terms with opposition. Democracy is only one form of government in the world and it may not be right for every government in the civilized world. With these two examples it is easy to try and interpret other governments in comparison because in some way they encompass ideas of them all. In conclusion, neither form of government is necessarily better then the other; its more an issue of what works best for the people and what is in agreement with their…show more content…
Whereas what works best for the German culture is a multi party dual executive form of government where a majority of the power is located in the chancellor and the other branches are not quite as important but still serve their rolls to help the government to move forward. Ultimately, the distinguishing features of the two governments may seem small but they are actually quite significant and are the result of the two nations drastic difference in the way their relative histories progressed. The American presidential system is the result of the breaking away from the Great Britain; and the German presidential system is a direct result of the fall of Hitlers Nazi Germany. Both forms of democracy rose as a solution to tyranny and oppression and consequently produced two of the worlds front running
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