Term limits are a defined maximum amount of time that a person can be in any representative office for any reason.
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Problems and Purpose
Term limits are a defined maximum amount of time that a person can be in any representative office for any reason. The aim of term limits for a President or Prime Minister is to reduce the chances of a single leader remaining in office for an excessive period of time.
In the United States, a President can only serve two terms . Some politicians and commentators have argued that members of Congress should also have term limits imposed, an idea which has been contested . There are less likely to be term limits in parliamentary democracies because in practice, a Prime Minister serves as long as they have the confidence of Parliament - this is not necessarily fixed. However, it has also been argued that parliamentary democracies like the UK should introduce term limits .
Origins and Development
How it Works
Term limits are usually determined by a state's constitution or amendments, or through legislative tools.
Analysis and Lessons Learned