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Paragraph 5 Government and parliament

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Introduction
Watch two clips about NL and US
Teaching about government
Debate about role head of state
Teaching about parliament
Key question:

What are the tasks of


government and
parliament and how do
they relate to each other?
You are able to:
describe the main tasks of the government (regering) and
recognize them in a given context.
describe the tasks of the head of state.
describe the main tasks of parliament and their formal
means of power and recognize them in a given context.
describe the steps from bill to law.
describe the difference between monism and dualism and
evaluate if a given situation is more monistic or dualistic.
describe what is meant with poldermodel and mention
chances and risks of the poldermodel.
To understand the core principle of parliamentary
democracy
To understand the news about national politics one
has to understand the role of parliament and
government
Laws are made by government and parliament and
laws influence our daily lives
Is Geert Wilders part of:
Government

Government &
parliament

Parliament?
Video Tweede Kamer aan het werk
http://www.detweedekameraanhetwerk.nl/democratie

International comparison with the US:

From bill to law in the US


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFroMQlKiag
Main tasks of the Government consists of:
government:
The King (Head of
1. Executive power to State)
rule the country Ministers
2. Co- legislative
power
The Netherlands are:

Parliamentary
democracy
Constitutional
monarchy
Statement:

The King has too much


power in the current
political system.

Arguments pro or contra!


Main tasks of
parliament:

Co-legislatior
Keep a check on the
government

Parliament = Lower
House & Upper House
(Tweede en Eerste Kamer)
KEEPING CHECK ON
CO-LEGISLATION
MINISTERS
Voting right to approve a Right of motion
bill or not Right to question
Right of amendment* Right of interpellation
Right of initiative* Right of inquiry
Budget right

* Only the Lower House


Dualism: All members of parliament, also from
the coalition parties, supervise the government
critically

Monism: Members of parliament from the


coalition parties follow the government almost
blindly
Strengths / Weaknesses?
Opportunities / Risks?
Quiz
The main tasks of parliament are co-
legislation and the daily running of
the country.
The First Chamber is directly elected
by the citizens and every law proposal
is first discussed in the First Chamber.
When the coalition doesnt have a
majority in parliament, the relation
between parliament and government
is more dualistic than monistic.
The King in the Netherlands doesnt
have any political tasks.