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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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Varieties of Semi-Presidentialism and the Performance of Democracy

Varieties of Semi-Presidentialism and the Performance of Democracy

(p.69) 4 Varieties of Semi-Presidentialism and the Performance of Democracy

Robert Elgie

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on semi-presidential democracies. Within the set of democracies, what is the general evidence to suggest that democratic performance is likely to be worse in president-parliamentary countries than in premier-presidential countries? The chapter begins by outlining the strategy that will be adopted to measure the performance of democracy. The second section presents some descriptive statistics to demonstrate that premier-presidential democracies have performed better than president-parliamentary democracies. The third section presents the results of a wide range of large-n controlled statistical tests. The results are very clear: premier-presidential democracies are clearly shown to perform much better than president-parliamentary democracies.

Keywords:   semi-presidentialism, democratic performance, statistical models, comparative politics, large-n

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