The UK Prime Minister vs The US PresidentPaper Rating: Word Count: 1635 Approx Pages: 7
In terms of domestic policy the UK Prime Minister has more power, in terms of Foreign policy the US President has more power. How accurate is this?
In theory it is thought that the UK Prime Minister has more power in domestic affairs and the president has more powers in foreign affairs. This to some extent is true, but with the changes in style of both the Prime Minister and President this is not always the case.
˜In terms of domestic policy the UK Prime Minister has more power' because he is able to dominate his part, legislature and to an extent, the executive branch. He holds substantial power over his party machine and hasn't got a clear separation of powers. As the head of the majority party in parliament he expects loyalty as a matter of course when forwarding legislation and because of this he has the power to pass laws almost with ease. A powerful Whip system contributes to maintaining his party loyalty. The president however, normally has to fight for his loyalty. In the US system loyalty is not guaranteed. Despite the success of presidents such as Roosevelt in maintaining party loyalty in congress, presidents such as Carter show that loyalty can be a struggle. Because of the loyalty the Prime mini