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The Presidentialization of Politics: A Comparative Study of Modern Democracies

Thomas Poguntke and Paul Webb


Shows that the politics of democratic societies is moving towards a presidentialized working mode, even in the absence of formal institutional changes. These developments can be explained by a combination of long-term structural changes in modern politics and societies’ contingent factors that fluctuate over time. While these contingent, short-term factors relate to the personalities of office holders, the overall political agenda, and the majority situation in parliament, there are several structural factors that are relatively uniform across modern nations. First, the internationalization of ... More

Keywords: democratic societies, democratic theory, electoral process, European Union, governance, internationalization, leadership, parliament, political agenda, presidentialization, State machinery

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199252015
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199252017.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Poguntke, editor
Professor of Political Science, Keele University
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Paul Webb, editor
Professor of Politics, University of Sussex
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