Review Article: Citizens, Presidents and Assemblies: The Study of Semi-Presidentialism beyond Duverger and Linz

Schleiter, Petra and Morgan-Jones, Edward (2009) Review Article: Citizens, Presidents and Assemblies: The Study of Semi-Presidentialism beyond Duverger and Linz. British Journal of Political Science, 4 (39). pp. 871-892. ISSN 0007-1234. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123409990159) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Semi-presidential regimes have attracted increasing attention from scholars and constitutional reformers over the last quarter century. Yet, despite this popularity, there is no consensus on how to understand this constitutional format. Since Duverger defined semi-presidentialism as a ‘new political system model’, and Linz argued that the constitutional format shares many of the ‘perils of presidentialism’, subsequent research has questioned the conceptual status of semi-presidentialism as a distinct regime type, and whether it has any distinct effects on politics. In this article we review the progress of recent work on semi-presidentialism and suggest that the conceptual tools to clarify some of the major debates in the field are now available in the form of principal–agent theoretical work on democratic constitutions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Edward Morgan-Jones
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2013 15:40 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2014 10:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36499 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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