Democracy: Germany vs USA

Bryn Donovan

AP Comp Gov

Memo #10

15 November 2018

 

The German political system is a parliamentary democracy. The year this article was written was low voter turnout with only 70% of the population voting, although compared to the USA this is a high number. Despite the high voter turn out, only 49% of Germans trust the government. German political parties are seen more as “client-based” systems rather than being united under a “universal vision”. Despite a variety of parties, German parties are seen as oligarchical or being led by a small group of people. The German system is cast in a very negative light through the entire article and diminishes their accomplishments of welfare, educational systems, and environmentalism.

In Germany recently there has been a rise in activism from the Alternative for Germany party. According to Independent, last year the party won 94 seats in parliament and more recently held a demonstration in Munich after a person seeking asylum was involved in a stabbing. The video accompanying the article vaguely resembles the Charlottesville incident with the KKK, and the description also coincides with that incident.

Is the German political system or the American political system more democratic?

The main difference between the two systems are the parties. The US’s two main parties are very broad and have to satisfy 50% of the population. On the other hand Germanys, political parties seem more specific and therefore there are more of them. Specialized groups can be seen as more democratic because they give difference sects of people more voice. However, the dual party system forces the parties to change with the mood of the people, and answer more to their members. While both systems are democratic it is impossible to say which is more.

 

 

News Source: Hamish McRae @TheIndyBusiness. “‘These Are the Warning Signs of a New Global Crisis’.” The Independent. October 10, 2018. Accessed November 16, 2018. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/imf-growth-forecasts-warning-global-economic-crisis-a8577646.html.

 

Reading Source: Nivola, Piere S. “In Defense of Partisan Politics.” p. 125- 129

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