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Demokrati eller presidentdiktatur?: Konstitutionella vägval i postkommunistiska länder
Dalarna University, School of Health and Social Studies, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6594-5804
2008 (Swedish)In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, Vol. 22, no 2, 141-161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While authoritarian presidents prevail under heavily president-oriented constitutions throughout the post-Soviet region, democracy along parliamentary lines triumphs in Central Europe. This article discusses the constitutional pattern among the post-communist countries on the basis of two general questions: First, how can we explain why strong presidential constitutions dominate throughout the post-Soviet region whereas constrained presidencies and governments anchored in parliament have become the prevailing option in Central Europe? Second, and interlinked with the first question, why have so many post-communist countries (in the post-Soviet region as well as in Central Europe) chosen neither parliamentarism nor presidentialism, but instead semi-presidential arrangements whereby a directly elected president is provided with considerable powers and coexists with a prime minister? The analysis indicates that both historical-institutional and actor-oriented factors are relevant here. Key factors have been regime transition, pre-communist era constitutions and leaders, as well as short-term economic and political considerations. With differing strengths and in partly different ways, these factors seem to have affected the actors’ preferences and final constitutional compromises.

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2008. Vol. 22, no 2, 141-161 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5144OAI: diva2:520292
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