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18 Apr 2012
Thursday, February-16-12
POL111: Lecture 7
Canada in a Comparative Perspective
Classifying Types of Democracy
o A government is the group of politicians who have executive
authority to make decision and enforce laws, Stephen harper has 31
cabinet ministers
o The legislatures are people who make laws
o The cabinet is within legislature in Canada
o Concept of responsible-you are responsible for your work and
obligations in your life but there are people who we are responsible
to, ie. You do the work for the prof, he is resp to the dean-who you
have to answer to
o Responsibility to and for
Figure 11.1
o Does the government depend on the legislature for its power and
survival, does it have to answer to the legislature-this is the to part
o Stephen harper relies on house of commons for his authority 3.
o We don’t elect him directly so there is a parliamentary democracy
o You can have systems where the government is respnocible to the
president and the legislature
Classifying Types of Democracy
o What is meant by responsible-when you are responsible the other
person has to have confidence in you, ie. You are responsible to the
supervisor, and they have confidence to you if you keep doing the job
o Legislative resp=the legislature could remove its authority from the
government to kill it which is the vote of non-confidence, it is a vote
whether the legislature has faith in the govt which is resp to it
o The govt in the US is the president, legislature is the congress and it
cant remove him, the president is answerable to the people since he
is elected by them
The legislature can say if they have faith or not in the govt
Is there an independently elected president
o It is necessity but not sufficient for a presidential regime
is the govt also resp to the president
o in france there is a government it is a cabinet drawn from a
legislature and they can dismiss them, and the leader could
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