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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 Performance of Democracy under Semi-Presidentialism — Country Narratives

The Performance of Democracy under Semi-Presidentialism — Country Narratives

(p.121) 6 The Performance of Democracy under Semi-Presidentialism — Country Narratives

Robert Elgie

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines two natural-like experiments. It examines the case of Senegal from 2000 to 2010, where a democracy with a premier-presidential form of semi-presidentialism switched to a president-parliamentary form, and Portugal from 1976 to 1986 where a democracy with a president-parliamentary form switched to a premier-presidential form. The two cases are examined separately. The chapter demonstrates that the political process in Senegal became more unstable following the switch from premier-presidentialism to president-parliamentarism and that it became more stable following the switch from president-parliamentarism to premier-presidentialism.

Keywords:   semi-presidentialism, democratic performance, Senegal, Portugal, natural experiment

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