How do elections work in different countries?

How do elections work in different countries?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will consider a variety of electoral systems. We will look back at First Past the Post, the electoral system of the UK general election and we will weigh up its strengths and weaknesses. Further case studies of the election systems in the USA and Germany are given to aid evaluation of the UK electoral system.


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5 Questions

Which country is led by a President?
North Korea
Saudi Arabia
The United Kingdom
Correct answer: The United States of America
Which of the following roles do the Prime Minister and President of the United States share?
Being members of the legislative body
Head of State.
Holding the ability to appoint Cabinet members from outside those elected
Correct answer: Leaders of the Executive Branch of Government
Which country is led by a King?
North Korea
Correct answer: Saudi Arabia
The United Kingdom
The United States of America
Saudi Arabia is governed via Islamic Law.
Correct answer: True
Who is the UK's Head of State?
The Chief Civil Servant
Correct answer: The Monarch
The President
The Prime Minister

5 Questions

What does FPTP stand for?
Favourite Party through Politics
First Past the Pillar
Correct answer: First Past the Post
Funny Politically Themed Party
Who was elected the next president of the USA in 2020?
Donald Trump
Hilary Clinton
Correct answer: Joseph Biden
Kamala Harris
How many seats are required for a majority using First Past the Post in the UK?
Correct answer: 326
What is the German election system called?
First Past the Post
Correct answer: Mixed Member Proportional Representation
Regional List System
The Electoral College
Which two of these are strengths of a coalition government?
Coalition agreements can easily breakdown leading to frequent elections e.g. Israel.
Due to the need for negotiation and compromise, often very little gets done
Correct answer: Requires compromise and negotiation and means no one party becomes too powerful.
Correct answer: Views of wider spectrum of voters are represented

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UnitCitizenship / How do others govern?