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Semi-Presidentialism: Sub-Types And Democratic Performance

Robert Elgie


This book examines the relationship between semi‐presidentialism and democratic performance. Semi‐presidentialism — where a constitution provides for both a directly elected president and a prime minister and cabinet responsible to the legislature — has become the regime type of choice for new democracies. There are now over fifty countries in the world with a semi‐presidential constitution and the vast majority of these countries have chosen this form of government since the early 1990s. This book operationalizes Shugart and Carey’s distinction between president‐parliamentarism — where the pr ... More

Keywords: semi-presidentialism, democracy, president, prime minister, legislature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199585984
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Elgie, author
Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies, Dublin City University