Semi-presidentialism Outside Europe: A Comparative Study

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Robert Elgie, Sophia Moestrup
Routledge, 2007 - Political Science - 266 pages
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This is the first academic study of the impact of semi-presidentialism in emerging democracies outside of Europe.


Semi-presidentialism is where there is both a directly-elected fixed-term president and a prime minister who is responsible to the legislature. For the most part, semi-presidentialism is seen as being a risky choice for new democracies because it can create potentially destabilizing competition between the president and prime minister. And yet, there are now more than fifty semi-presidential countries in the world. Moreover, many of these countries are in Africa, the former Soviet Union and Asia, often in places where democracy has yet to establish a firm foundation.


This study begins with a chapter that discusses the advantages and disadvantages of semi-presidentialism and provides the theoretical framework for a wide-ranging series of country chapters presented in the second part of the book. Written by country/area specialists, the case studies highlight the political processes at work in young semi-presidential democracies.


Semi-Presidentialism Outside Europewill appeal to those researching and studying in the fields of comparative politics, development and democracy.

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