What is a parliamentary form of government?


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A parliamentary form of government is a democratic one where the head of state and head of government are held by different people and the executive and legislative branches of government are linked. The executive and legislative branches are linked because the executive branch gets its power from the legislative branch and is held accountable for their actions by them as well.

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What is a parliamentary form of government?
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In a parliamentary form of government, the head of government is the prime minister. This position is normally held by the leader of the major political party in parliament. The head of state is often held by a monarch, like in Britain's parliament, or by an elected official. While this type of government is democratic it can often move through political debate and produce results quicker than other types of democratic government. The power of the two branches is unified meaning that bills and laws are passed faster due to not having to go through a waiting process as they go from branch to branch. Parties are held more responsible for their promises and voting by the public for their representatives is more focused on the party than the individuals. A notable element of a parliamentary government is the fact that elections can be held at any time, unlike the United States where there is a set election date every four years.

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