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The Politics of Presidential Term Limits

Alexander Baturo and Robert Elgie

Abstract

Presidential term limits are one of the most important institutions in presidentialism. They are at the center of contemporary and historical debates and political battles between incumbent presidents seeking additional terms and their political opponents warning against democratic backsliding and the dangers of personalism. Bringing the team of country experts, comparativists, theorists, constitutional lawyers, and policy practitioners together, The Politics of Presidential Term Limits is a book that aims to provide a one-stop source for the comprehensive study of this topic. It includes theo ... More

Keywords: presidential term limits, democracy and dictatorship, democratic breakdown, effects of institutions, presidentialism, democratic consolidation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198837404
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198837404.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Baturo, editor
Associate Professor of Government, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

Robert Elgie, editor
Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University

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Contents

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1 Presidential Term Limits

Alexander Baturo and Robert Elgie

Section I

3 One Size Does Not Fit All

Tom Ginsburg and Zachary Elkins

4 Term Limits and the Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment Doctrine

David Landau, Yaniv Roznai, and Rosalind Dixon

5 Continuismo in Comparison

Alexander Baturo

Section II

7 Presidential Term Limits as a Credible-Commitment Mechanism

Octavio Amorim Neto and Igor P. Acácio

10 The Politics of Presidential Term Limits in Tunisia

Alessandra Bonci and Francesco Cavatorta

12 Presidential Terms in Kazakhstan

Dmitry Nurumov and Vasil Vashchanka

13 China

Zhengxu Wang and Anastas Vangeli

Section III

17 Senegal (1970–2016)

Charlotte Heyl

Section IV

25 The Politics of Presidential Term Limits in Latin America

José Antonio Cheibub and Alejandro Medina

Section V

27 Presidential Term Limits and the International Community

Christina Murray, Eric Alston, and Micha Wiebusch

End Matter