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Political Studies
POLS 110
Kim Richard Nossal

Monday, February 11, 2013 POLS 110- Week 6, Lecture 1 Today  Dividing sovereignty by rule function Dividing Sovereignty  Can supreme political authority be divided by rule functions? Politics and “Rule Functions”  Three “Rule Functions” o Making the rules o Implementing the rules o Adjudicating the rules  Who makes, implements, and adjudicates the rules for a polity? o An historical view: absolutism and autocracy o Evolution of separating the functions institutionalizing them into “branches” Rule Function Political Function Branch of Government Rule-making Legislative Legislature Rule implementation Executive Executive Rule Adjudication Judicial Judiciary Dividing Sovereignty  Dividing supreme political authority among these institutions o Contrast between “parliamentary” and “presidential” systems o Shorthand to describe the British system (and polities modeled on it) and the American system Parliamentary Systems  Parliamentary systems today the result of historical evolution that stretches over a millennium  Shaped by: o Foreign conquest o Struggles against absolutist power
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