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Semi-PresidentialismSub-Types And Democratic Performance$
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Robert Elgie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585984

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585984.001.0001

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The Perils of Semi-Presidentialism?

The Perils of Semi-Presidentialism?

(p.1) 1 The Perils of Semi-Presidentialism?

Robert Elgie

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the basic economic, social, historical, and international factors that affect the performance of democracy. It reviews the literature about the so-called perils of presidentialism and the virtues of parliamentarism. It sets out the standard wisdom about semi-presidentialism, showing that while semi-presidentialism has its supporters, there is a broad consensus that the disadvantages of semi-presidentialism, including the problems of cohabitation, divided minority government, and the divided executive, outweigh the advantages.

Keywords:   democracy, institutions, presidentialism, parliamentarism, semi-presidentialism, cohabitation, divided minority government, divided executive

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