Variation Within 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

Variation Within Semi-Presidentialism

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This chapter begins by defining the concept of semi-presidentialism and identifying the set of countries with semi-presidential constitutions since 1919. Then, it operationalizes Matthew Shugart and John Carey’s distinction between president-parliamentarism and premier-presidentialism, setting out the reasons why president-parliamentary countries are expected to perform less well than premier-presidential countries and reviewing the literature on this topic to date. The chapter ends by specifying the methods of inquiry by which the relationship between the variation within semi-presidentialism and democratic performance will be tested in the next chapters.

Keywords: semi-presidentialism; premier-presidentialism; president-parliamentarism; constitutions; Matthew Shugart; John Carey

Chapter.  10449 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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