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Does the uk suffer from democratic deficit?
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First and foremost, it can be said that the UK does suffer from ‘Democratic Deficit’, due to its unelected institutions, such as the House of Lords. The second chamber has the power to delay the process of passing policies
Discuss the view that the cabinet is no longer an important part of the executive
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The cabinet is supposedly the collective decision making body of the Government. It contains a group of people who are ranked high up in the political field
Discuss how effectively rights are protected in the uk
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In Britain, we have a negative approach to rights which means people can do what they like as long as there is no law in place that is able to stop them. Unlike in the USA and many other states, however the rights and liberties of British citizens are not set out in a single constitutional document with the USA being able to appeal to the Supreme Court if they feel rights are being infringed
international institutions and their impact on uk public services
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Describe the key international institutions and their impact on UK public services:  The United Nations (UN) is an organisation that was established after the Second World War. Article one of The Charter of the UN states that UN has four main original purposes and principals
Consider the view that the arguments for having an electoral college to elect the president are no longer valid
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The United States’ constitution was created in 1787 and, whilst creating the document, the Founding Fathers’ opted on a method to indirectly ele ct the President. The “electoral college” system was born
Checks and balances in the us system
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Among the one of the most prominent of the seven governing principles incorporated into the Constitution, the system of checks and balances that exists across the three branches of government (the executive, legislative, and judicial) were created ensure that no one branch becomes too powerful or corrupt. Since each branch can check the other two with powers delegated to it by the Constitution and balance the spread of power, it is theoretically intended to maintain an effective government, however this system also allows for heavy policy gridlock in the modern day with each branch of government ”fightingfl against the others using, even abusing, the checks and balances system
Can the use of the first past the post electoral system be justified in a modern democracy? [50]
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The ‘first past the post’ electoral system is a simple majority system whereby the country is divided into single member constituencies and voters select a single candidate who only requires a simple plurality of  votes to win the election. It is extremely difficult to define a modern democracy, but the core ideas would be that it allows the people to govern (in most cases through elected officials) and fair and equal representation for all
Assess the criticisms of the various electoral systems used in the uk
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There are a number of criticisms that can be placed against the various electoral systems that are used in the UK. The criticisms themselves vary with the electoral system against which they are alleged
Assess the arguments in favour of the greater use of direct democracy in the uk (25)
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Direct Democracy is Government by the people, for the people; and allows citizens of a municipality or state to have a direct effect on both how they are governed, and the outcomes of certain issues; for example, in cases when a referendum is required. Referendums are a good example of Direct Democracy; voters can vote either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to express their opinions, and the majority wins
Aresupreme court justices politicians in disguise?
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The United States Supreme Court is argued to make both political and judicial decisions even though it is a judicial body. A Judicial Decision is a decision based on the law