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Semi-Presidentialism and Democratic Survival and Collapse — Country Narratives

Robert Elgie

in Semi-Presidentialism

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199585984
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585984.003.0005

Series: Comparative Politics

Semi-Presidentialism and Democratic Survival and Collapse — Country Narratives

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This chapter compares the case of Guinea-Bissau, where democracy collapsed under president-parliamentarism, with the case of Mali, where it has survived under premier-presidentialism. The two cases are examined separately. However, each study is organized along similar lines. Each case begins with a brief overview of the country’s democratic record. It then sketches the economic, social, and cultural context in which democracy has operated. The founding circumstances of semi-presidentialism are then discussed and the salient features of the country’s constitution are identified. The bulk of the case study then comprises a narrative of key events since democratization, focusing primarily on the relationship between the president, the legislature, and the government.

Keywords: semi-presidentialism; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; democratic survival; democratic collapse

Chapter.  12540 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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