Political Power in US, UK and as compared to France:Parties: US: Democrats: http://www.democrats.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States) Republican: http://www.gop.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States) UK: Conservative: http://www.conservatives.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Conservative_party Labour: http://www.labour.org.uk/home http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uk_labour_party Liberal Dem: http://www.libdems.org.uk/home.aspx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Democrats BNP: http://www.bnp.org.uk/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_National_PartyPower-related questions to apply to the above:- • FR: PS, UMP, FN Which is the parallel body to which, above? • In whom is ultimate power vested and where does such power come from? • How did the holder (of this ultimate power) come to power? • What is the power-base of this leader? • How strong is his hold on power? • Who are the powers behind his ‘throne’ and how do we recognise them? [Do they operate in ‘daylight’ or in the ‘shadows’ and what influence do they exert?] • Is there any sense in which power is being balanced, or shared … and is this working? • What are the major institutions and agencies through which he exercises his power? • Are there any obvious points at which his power (or lack thereof) has been dramatically demonstrated? • What are the conditions upon which he/she may be removed from power?