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Party Government is the type of Government we use in the UK five main features can be identified from party government Firstly in nearly every general election it is just one party that wins a majority and forms the government there have been exceptions but usually a one party majority is the case Secondly party manifestos can be written particularly around an election and the party winning the majority has a mandate to carry out of the policies in the manifesto even the unpopular ones Thirdly the Government and also the opposition party have nearly all control of parliamentary time and agenda Private Members Bills are occasionally discussed but the bulk of the time is reserved for the government or opposition party Fourthly many official posts including ministers and chairs of committees are appointed by the leadership of parties mainly the Government and opposition parties This means a great deal of patronage is involved in party government Finally opposition to the government is normally through the official opposition party and other large parties that didnt form government Pressure groups and the public also have impact on opposition but opposition is mainly in the form of the opposition parties Party government has its benefits to the country but also its disadvantages The main advantage to Party government is the fact that after a general election a clear and decisive government can form This government normally stays united and rarely splits providing a stable government Another advantage of party government is that the electorate know the policies that the government will be carrying out because their election manifesto states their policies The Doctrine of Manifesto and Mandate allows the government to follow its policies without any major opposition because it says that a government has been elected and so has authority to carry out its policies Also the fundamental disagreement of different political parties makes a government more accountable and allows the electorate to see
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