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Presidents with Prime Ministers: Do Direct Elections Matter?

Margit Tavits


This book is about presidents in parliamentary systems. One commonly recurring political debate within parliamentary systems is over whether or not the public should directly elect the head of state. Despite the importance of this topic in practical politics, political scientists have offered little empirical evidence yet made bold assumptions about the consequences of popular elections for heads of state. A common argument is that direct elections enhance presidents' legitimacy thereby increasing their activism and encouraging authoritarian tendencies. Another popular assumption is that direc ... More

Keywords: direct presidential election, divisive elections, indirect presidential election, parliamentary system, partisan elections, presidential activism, semi‐presidential system, voter turnout

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199553327
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margit Tavits, author
Assistant Professor, Washington University, St. Louis.
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