Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the social forces and the mega-wrestling match struggle for power between king and church.
  • Identify the nature, roles, and effectiveness of legislatures. Zzz...
  • Distinguish between presidential strength and independence versus parliamentary expediency and efficiency—all in fifty words or less.
  • Describe how alliances are cobbled together across parties for a ruling seat in the legislature.
  • Explain how even authoritarian regimes use legislatures to make themselves credible.
  • Always wear clean underwear, just in case you get hit by a bus and are hauled off to the hospital.