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The Performance of Democracy under Semi-Presidentialism — 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/9780199585984.003.0006

Series: Comparative Politics

The Performance of Democracy under Semi-Presidentialism — Country Narratives

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This chapter examines two natural-like experiments. It examines the case of Senegal from 2000 to 2010, where a democracy with a premier-presidential form of semi-presidentialism switched to a president-parliamentary form, and Portugal from 1976 to 1986 where a democracy with a president-parliamentary form switched to a premier-presidential form. The two cases are examined separately. The chapter demonstrates that the political process in Senegal became more unstable following the switch from premier-presidentialism to president-parliamentarism and that it became more stable following the switch from president-parliamentarism to premier-presidentialism.

Keywords: semi-presidentialism; democratic performance; Senegal; Portugal; natural experiment

Chapter.  11990 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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