Government and Administration
The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy， the head of state is a king or a queen. The United Kingdom is governed， in the name of the Sovereign by His or Her Majesty‘s Government. The System of parliamentary government is not based on a written constitution， the British constitution is not set out in any single document. It is made up of statute law， common law and conventions. The Judiciary determines common law and interprets statutes.
1.Elizabeth II， her title in the United Kingdom is “Elizabeth the Second， by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Her Other Realms and Territories， Queen， Head of the Commonwealth， Defender of the Faith.
2.The Queen is the symbol of the whole nation. In law， She is head of the executive， an integral part of the legislature， head of the judiciary， the commander-in-chief of all the armed forces and the “supreme governor” of the Church of England. She gives Royal Assent to Bills passed by parliament.
3.The monarch actually has no real power. The monarch‘s power are limited by law and Parliament. Constitutional monarchy began after the Glorious Revolution in 1688.
1.The United Kingdom is a unitary， not a federal， state. Parliament consists of the Sovereign， the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
2.The main functions of Parliament are： （1） to pass laws； （2） to provide， by voting for taxation， the means of carrying on the work of government； （3） to examine government Policy and administrations， including proposal for expenditure； and （4） to debate the major issues of the day.
3.The House of Lords is made up of the Lords Spiritual and the Lords Temporal. The main function of the House of Lords is to bring the wide experience of its members into the process of lawmaking. In other words， the non-elected House is to act as a chamber of revision， complementing but not rivaling the elect House.
4.The House of Common is elected by universal adult suffrage and consists of 651 Members of Parliament （MPs）。 It is in the House of Commons that the ultimate authority.
5.Britain is divided 651 constituencies. Each of the constituencies returns one member to the House of Commons. A general Election must be held every five years and is often held at more frequent intervals.
6.Britain has a number of parties， but there are only two major parties. These two parties are the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. Since 1945， either the Conservative Party or the Labour Party has held power. The party which wins sufficient seats at a General Election to command a majority of Government. The leader of the majority party is appointed Prime Minister. The party which wins the second largest number of seats becomes the Official Opposition， with its own leader and “shadow cabinet ”。 The rule of Opposition is to help the formulation of policy. Criticizes the Government and debate with the Government.