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Old January 17, 2013, 09:53 PM   #10
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They have a parliamentary system, which works differently from ours -- has the possibility of coalition governments, votes of no confidence, etc. Not to mention that the head of state (the prime minister) is always the leader of the majority party -- or coalition, although in that case it's no doubt stickier to agree on who gets to be the boss. Better system in some ways: easier to get things done, and more accountable to the will of the people if they don't like what is being done (general elections can happen whenever there's a vote of no confidence, not just every so-many years) -- worse in others... e.g. fewer checks and balances.
A parliamentary system does not necessarily mean it is easier to "get things done" or that the government is more accountable to the people. For years it seemed like the Italian government collapsed about every other month.
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