Héctor Fix‐Fierro and Pedro Salazar‐Ugarte

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199578610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law


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Presidentialism as a form of government was born as an alternative to both monarchy (absolute or constitutional) and parliamentarism (republican or monarchical). This article discusses the history and evolution of presidentialism; debates as to whether, and to what extent, both institutional designs — presidentialism and democracy — are compatible with each other; and trends in a number of presidential systems from the 1990s onwards.

Keywords: presidential system; form of government; democracy

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Subjects: Law ; Comparative Law ; Constitutional and Administrative Law

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