Varieties of Semi-Presidentialism and the Performance of Democracy

Robert Elgie

in Semi-Presidentialism

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

Series: Comparative Politics

Varieties of Semi-Presidentialism and the Performance of Democracy

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This chapter focuses on semi-presidential democracies. Within the set of democracies, what is the general evidence to suggest that democratic performance is likely to be worse in president-parliamentary countries than in premier-presidential countries? The chapter begins by outlining the strategy that will be adopted to measure the performance of democracy. The second section presents some descriptive statistics to demonstrate that premier-presidential democracies have performed better than president-parliamentary democracies. The third section presents the results of a wide range of large-n controlled statistical tests. The results are very clear: premier-presidential democracies are clearly shown to perform much better than president-parliamentary democracies.

Keywords: semi-presidentialism; democratic performance; statistical models; comparative politics; large-n

Chapter.  9966 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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