Federalism and political asymmetry: executive versus legislative power

Cameron Ross

in Federalism and Democratisation in Russia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780719058691
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700174 | DOI:
Federalism and political asymmetry: executive versus legislative power

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This chapter examines the struggle between executive and legislative bodies of power. One of the major problems with presidential systems is that they are, ‘prone to creating two opposing centres of power’, and often ‘legislative paralysis can set in when neither parliament nor president are strong enough to break the deadlocks which ensue’. In Russia, deadlock at the national level led to outright physical violence and the dissolution of the Russian Parliament in October 1993. And this struggle between parliament and president also gravitated downwards to the local level with similar battles occurring between regional assemblies and executive bodies of power.

Keywords: executive power; legislative power; presidential systems; legislative paralysis; Russian Parliament

Chapter.  6314 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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