(Solution) POLI330 Week 4 Discussion: Differences and Similarities between Presidential and Parliamentary Systems

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 7, 8
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Initial Post Instructions
Discuss the differences and similarities between the presidential and parliamentary systems, including the executive and legislative branches. Which system do you feel serves its citizen better? Why? Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from assigned readings or online lessons, and at least one outside scholarly source.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references

This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:

Course Outcomes (CO): 3

Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday
Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday


In the modern world, presidential and parliamentary systems of governance are the most common. According to Whitman Cobb (2020), a legislative system is distinguished from the other based on its composition, the power it exercises, and the amount of power it allows the executive of the head of government to posses. The two systems have various differences and similarities. The main similarity between the two systems is that they are democratic since citizens choose their leaders in free and fair elections.  Also, both systems have got three branches of government which include the executive, legislature, and the judiciary. One of the main differences between the presidential and parliamentary systems is the extent to which powers of the government are separated. In a presidential system, political and administrative powers are divided between the executive, legislature and judicial branches. In a parliamentary system, parliament is sovereign and the executive authority exercised by the prime minister and the cabinet is derived from the legislature. Another difference between the two systems is that in the presidential system, the president, who is the head of government and chief executive, is elected by the people, and is answerable to the people, in an election separate from that of the legislature (Mathonnat & Minea, 2019). In a parliamentary system, there is a fusion of powers between the executive and legislative branches. The prime minister is the head of government and is the leader of the party that wins majority of votes to the legislature….Please click here to download at $5