Presidents and Assemblies Constitutional Design and Electoral Dynamics

ISBN-10: 0521429900
ISBN-13: 9780521429900
Edition: 1992
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/28/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

In recent years renewed attention has been directed to the importance of the role of institutional design in democratic politics. Particular interest has concerned constitutional design and the relative merits of parliamentary versus presidential systems. A virtual consensus has formed around the argument that parliamentary systems are preferable overall to presidential systems, due largely to the loss of power to the executive and assembly in presidential systems. In this book, the authors systematically assess the strengths and weaknesses of various forms of presidential systems, drawing on recent developments in the theoretical literature about institutional design and electoral rules. They develop a typology of democratic regimes that are structured around the separation of powers principle, including two hybrid forms, the premier-presidential and president-parliamentary systems, and they evaluate a number of alternative ways of balancing powers between the branches within these basic frameworks. They also demonstrate that electoral rules are critically important in determining how authority can be exercised within these systems, describing the range of electoral rules that can be instituted and the effects they have on the shape of party systems, on the political agenda, and on the prospects for cooperation between presidents and assemblies.

Presidential and Parliamentary Democracy
Basic choices in democratic regime types
What is presidentialism? Criticisms and responses
The constitutional origin and survival of assembly and executive
Legislative powers of presidents: veto and decree
Electoral Dynamics of Presidential Democracy
Electoral dynamics: efficiency and inefficiency
Electoral rules and the party system
Electoral cycles and the party system
Institutiona: Engineering
Semi-presidentialism: the third alternative
Electoral cycles in semi-presidential regimes
Divided polities and collegial presidencies
Conclusions
Appendices

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