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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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Variation Within Semi-Presidentialism

Variation Within Semi-Presidentialism

(p.19) 2 Variation Within Semi-Presidentialism

Robert Elgie

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by defining the concept of semi-presidentialism and identifying the set of countries with semi-presidential constitutions since 1919. Then, it operationalizes Matthew Shugart and John Carey’s distinction between president-parliamentarism and premier-presidentialism, setting out the reasons why president-parliamentary countries are expected to perform less well than premier-presidential countries and reviewing the literature on this topic to date. The chapter ends by specifying the methods of inquiry by which the relationship between the variation within semi-presidentialism and democratic performance will be tested in the next chapters.

Keywords:   semi-presidentialism, premier-presidentialism, president-parliamentarism, constitutions, Matthew Shugart, John Carey

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