A Teaching Topic in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process
This topic discusses the characteristics of the major systems of democratic government currently in use. Specifically, this topic examines the similarities and differences between a parliamentary system of government such as Canada's and a presidential system of government such as exists in the United States. Students consider the political dynamics that each system creates for political actors. This topic also asks students to consider the impact of these institutional arrangements on policy outcomes, and to reflect on whether these major institutional differences help us understand why governments in different countries act the way they do.