Forms Of Government
# The state policies for the welfare of the people.
# It formulates, expresses and realises the will of the state. It exercises certain legislative, executive and judicial powers based on the constitution and the laws.
# There are three organs in government, namely – Legislature, Executive and Judiciary.
# These organs carry out the activities of the state. Governments are classified into
1. Unitary Form of Government
# A unitary system of government or unitary state, is a sovereign state governed as a single entity.
# The central government is supreme and the administrative divisions exercise only powers that the central government has delegated to them.
# England, France, Japan and Sri Lanka are examples of Unitary Form of governments.
# The term Government is derived from Old French ‘governor’, derived from Latin ‘gubernare’ to direct, rule, guide, govern”.
# In a Unitary form of government, all the authority and power is vested in a single centre, whereas in a federal form of government authority and power is distributed between centre and the constituent units.
# Even in a Unitary form of Government, there might be a lot of decentralisation of authority, but we cannot claim it as a federal system.
Merits of unitary form of government
1.Suitable for small countries.
2.There is no conflict of authority and responsibility
3.A unitary government will make prompt decisions and take speedy action.
4.A unitary government is less expensive. 5.Amendments to the constitution are easy.
6.There is unity, uniformity of law, policy and administration.
De-merits of unitary form of government
1.It is not suitable for big countries.
2.The central government will have to tackle so many complex problems that lead to administrative delay
3.The central government will not concentrate on local problems, local interest and initiative.
4.The concentration of powers may pave way for the despotism of the central government.
Unitary features of the indian constitution
2.Central Government’s control over state territory
4.Flexibility of the Constitution
5.Unequal representation of states
8.Single Integrated Judiciary
9.All India Services
10.Appointment of Governor by the central government
Federal form of government
#The classification of governments into unitary and federal is based on the nature of relations between the national and the regional governments.
#A federal government is one in which powers are divided between the national government and the regional governments by the Constitution itself and both operate in their respective jurisdictions independently.
# U.S.A, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Argentina have federal form of governments.
# In a federal model, the national government is known as the Federal government or the Central government or the Union government and the regional government is known as the state government or the provincial government.
Merits of federal form of government
1.Reconciliation of local autonomy with national unity
2.Division of power between centre and states leads to administrative efficiency
3.It gives rise to big states
Distribution of powers check the despotism of central government
4.More suitable for bigger countries
5.It is good for economic and cultural progress
De-merits of federal form of government
1.Federal government is weaker when compared to the unitary government.
2.Federal government is more expensive 3.Provincial tendencies are very common
4.Lack of uniformity in Administration
5.Threat to national unity
6.Distribution of powers between centre and states lead to conflicts
8.Rigid constitution cannot be a mended easily for changing needs
9.The state governments sometimes place hindrances in the foreign policy
Federal features of the Indian constitution
3.Division of Powers
4.Supremacy of the Constitution The 5.Constitution is the supreme law of the land. 6.The laws enacted by the Centre and the states must confirm to its provisions.
Parliamentary form of government
# Modern democratic governments are classified into parliamentary and presidential on the basis of the nature of relations between the executive and the legislative organs of the government.
# The parliamentary system of government is the one in which the executive is responsible to the legislature for its policies and acts.
# The parliamentary government is also known as cabinet government or responsible government or Westminster model of government and is prevalent in Britain, Japan, Canada and India among others.
Features of parliamentary form of government
1.Nominal and Real Executives
2.Majority Party Rule
5.Leadership of the Prime Minister Merits of the parliamentary form of government
6.Harmony between Legislature and Executive
Demerits of the parliamentary form of government
2.No Continuity of Policies
3.Dictatorship of the Cabinet
4.Against Separation of Powers
The presidential form of government The Presidential
# Form Of Government is also known as non-parliamentary or fixed executive system of government, basically built on the principle of separation of power and is prevalent in the USA, Brazil, Russia and Sri Lanka among others.
Features of presidential form of government
#The President as the head of State, he occupies a ceremonial position.
# The President is elected by an electoral college for a fixed tenure of four years.
#The President governs with the help of a cabinet or a smaller body called ‘Kitchen Cabinet’.
# The legislative, executive and judicial powers of the government are separated and vested in three independent organs of the government.
Merits of the presidential system of government
2.Effective Control by the President
Demerits of the presidential system of government
1.Can degenerate into Dictatorship
2.Strain relationship between executive and legislature
3.Lack of Harmony between the Legislature and Executive Exercise