What are frequently heard arguments in favour or against term limits?

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Dec 13, 2012 08:25 PM 0 Answers
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Around the world, many presidents have term limits. For example, a United States president cannot be elected more than two times (normally this means at most eight years of service). On the other hand, it seems prime ministers and their cabinets usually don't have term limits, even if it's them that are in power in many countries, in particular in constitutional monarchies that are common in northern Europe.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of term limits? Wouldn't it be more democratic if people could vote for whom they want? And all those countries without term limits — Netherlands, Sweden, Norway... — what negative consequences do they experience? Are term limits really necessary?

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