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What is the difference between Head of State and Head of Government?

Asked by R. Jones, Last updated: Sep 11, 2019

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C. Jackson

C. JacksonContent Developer, Austin
Content Developer, Austin

Answered on Sep 11, 2019

It may seem in the beginning that the head of state and the head of the government are the same, but these are different from each other and two different people also hold the positions. The head of the state is known to have a lot of ceremonial duties while the head of the government will be in charge of running the whole country.

Of course, it will be hard for just one person to run the entire country so he would rely on his reliable cabinet team members for advice on different things that need to be done for the country as a whole. The head of state will exhibit signs of having political power and will use that power to improve the state in general.

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J. Pollock

J. PollockScience Professor, Los Angeles
Science Professor, Los Angeles

Answered on Jul 31, 2019

Head of government is the head of a parliamentary form of government while the head of state is the leader in the presidential form of government. Countries have varied powers, and different ways of running a nation, and the two among these are the head of state and the head of government. There is no stipulation of having a head of government when the presidential system is enacted.

Head of state maintains the power of passing legislation with itself in both the systems while the head of government does not have this power in the presidential order. Usually, ahead of government may or may not complete these activities. The responsibility of the head of government includes making policies, trade agreements, and the head of state has the responsibility to approve these actions in due course.

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J. Harty

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J. HartyWriter, M.A, Chula Vista
Writer, M.A, Chula Vista

Answered on Jul 18, 2019

Head of State and Head of Government are two types of government that are found in the Parliamentary. They differ because different people are performing the job, and each post has various duties. An example of a Head Of State is a public representative that is the chief.

Their roles include exercising powers and bring legitimacy to the state. An example of a Head Of Government is a Prime Minister or a President. He must be a leader of a party and be the head person of the executive branch. They implement laws and make all critical decisions, as long as the cabinet approves.

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