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Term limits

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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 [1]. Some politicians and commentators have argued that members of Congress should also have term limits imposed, an idea which has been contested [2]. 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 [3].

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How it Works

Term limits are usually determined by a state's constitution or amendments, or through legislative tools. 

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References

[1] https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendments/amendment-xxii

[2] https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/01/18/five-reasons-to-oppose-congressional-term-limits/

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/25/british-pms-end-up-failures-need-us-limit-two-terms

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