The Perils of Semi-Presidentialism?

Robert Elgie

in Semi-Presidentialism

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199585984
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729003 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

The Perils of Semi-Presidentialism?

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This chapter outlines the basic economic, social, historical, and international factors that affect the performance of democracy. It reviews the literature about the so-called perils of presidentialism and the virtues of parliamentarism. It sets out the standard wisdom about semi-presidentialism, showing that while semi-presidentialism has its supporters, there is a broad consensus that the disadvantages of semi-presidentialism, including the problems of cohabitation, divided minority government, and the divided executive, outweigh the advantages.

Keywords: democracy; institutions; presidentialism; parliamentarism; semi-presidentialism; cohabitation; divided minority government; divided executive

Chapter.  8294 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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