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'The domestic power of a UK Prime Minister exceeds the domestic power of a US President.' Discuss

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  • Essay length: 1883 words
  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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University Degree UK Government & Parliamentary Studies

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'The domestic power of a UK Prime Minister exceeds the

domestic power of a US President.' Discuss

Both the UK Prime Minister and the US President hold the highest executive offices in their respective countries and they are the core of their governments. On the surface, it may appear that the US President, being the head of the most powerful country would hold significant power and the US presidency is often portrayed as having total power. However, this masks real limitations as the legislative and the judiciary are able to keep check on the power that is exercised. As Kennedy stated, "The President is...a man of extraordinary powers. Yet it is also true that he must wield those powers under extraordinary limitations."1 In contrast, the British Prime Minister does not have any constitutional checks upon him/her, therefore allowing them to be free to exercise the power that they desire. However, this is not entirely accurate as the British Prime minister also has some limits upon their power and it is vital for the Prime Minister to have to support of his/her Cabinet if s/he is going to govern effectively.

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