Westminster System

Discipline: Political Science

The parliamentary system of government modeled after that of the United Kingdom.

Typical characteristics of the Westminster system include but are not limited to (1) a royal head-of-state with reserve powers who performs ceremonial duties, and is the commander-in-chief, (2) an elected head-of-government called the prime minister, whose cabinet has gained the vote of confidence from an elected Parliament, (3) a bicameral legislature whose lower chamber is elected, and (4) an independent judiciary.


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