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Unravelling Semi-Presidentialism: Democracy and Government Performance in Four Distinct Regime Types
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6594-5804
Universitetet i Bergen.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4310-3328
2018 (English)In: Democratization, ISSN 1351-0347, E-ISSN 1743-890X, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 136-157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Do semi-presidential regimes perform worse than other regime types? Semi-presidentialism has become a preferred choice among constitution makers worldwide. The semi-presidential category contains anything but a coherent set of regimes. We need to separate between its two subtypes, premier-presidentialism and president-parliamentarism. Following Linz’s argument that presidentialism and semi-presidentialism are less conducive to democracy than parliamentarism a number of studies have empirically analyzed the functioning and performance of semi-presidentialism. However, these studies have investigated the performance of semi-presidential sub-types in isolation from other constitutional regimes. By using indicators on regime performance and democracy, the aim of this study is to examine the performance of premier-presidential and president-parliamentary regimes in relation to parliamentarism and presidentialism. Premier-presidential regimes show performance records on par with parliamentarism and on some measures even better. President-parliamentary regimes, on the contrary, perform worse than all other regime types on most of our included measures. The results of this novel study provide a strong call to constitution makers to stay away from president-parliamentarism as well as against the idea of thinking about semi-presidentialism as a single and coherent type of regime.

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2018. Vol. 25, no 1, p. 136-157
Keywords [en]
semi-presidentialism, presidentialism, parliamentarism, democratic performance, government performance, premier-presidentialism, president-parliamentarism
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Intercultural Studies, Semipresidentialism och regeringskapacitet i transitionsländer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-25039DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2017.1334643ISI: 000417719000008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-25039DiVA, id: diva2:1097266
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Swedish Research Council, VR 2014-1260
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