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France: Delegation and Accountability in the Fifth Republic

Jean-Louis Thiébault

in Delegation and Accountability in Parliamentary Democracies

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780198297840
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602016 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829784X.003.0009

Series: Comparative Politics

France: Delegation and Accountability in the Fifth Republic

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Describes the chain of delegation in the context of a semi-presidential democracy, which grafts a popularly elected president with extensive constitutional powers onto a more or less conventional parliamentary system. The direct linkage between the president and voters enables the president to dominate the other actors in the French parliamentary system, especially if the president is from the same party group as the parliamentary majority. If the president and the parliamentary majority are from different party groups (cohabitation), then the French system conforms more to the traditional delegation chain of a parliamentary regime.

Keywords: cohabitation; constitution; hierarchy; political parties; president; prime minister; referendums; semi-presidentialism

Chapter.  11109 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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