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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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Semi-Presidentialism and Democratic Survival and Collapse — Country Narratives

Semi-Presidentialism and Democratic Survival and Collapse — Country Narratives

(p.95) 5 Semi-Presidentialism and Democratic Survival and Collapse — Country Narratives

Robert Elgie

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the case of Guinea-Bissau, where democracy collapsed under president-parliamentarism, with the case of Mali, where it has survived under premier-presidentialism. The two cases are examined separately. However, each study is organized along similar lines. Each case begins with a brief overview of the country’s democratic record. It then sketches the economic, social, and cultural context in which democracy has operated. The founding circumstances of semi-presidentialism are then discussed and the salient features of the country’s constitution are identified. The bulk of the case study then comprises a narrative of key events since democratization, focusing primarily on the relationship between the president, the legislature, and the government.

Keywords:   semi-presidentialism, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, democratic survival, democratic collapse

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