Parliamentary versus Presidential Government

Paperback | November 1, 1995

EditorArend Lijphart

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Parliamentary and presidential government, exemplified by the United Kingdom and most continental European countries on the one hand and the United States and Latin America on the other, are the two principal forms of democracy in the modern world. Their respective advantages anddisadvantages have long been debated, at first mainly by British and American political observers, but with increasing frequency in other parts of the world too, especially in Latin America and Asia. The recent world-wide wave of democratization has intensified both the debate and its significance. This volume brings together the most important statements on the subject, by advocates and analysts from Montesquieu and Madison to Lipset and Linz. It also treats the merits of less frequently used democratic types, such as French-style semi-presidentialism, that may be regarded as intermediateforms between parliamentarism and presidentialism.

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The readings in this series are chosen from a variety of journals and other sources to cover major areas or issues in the study of politics, government, and political theory. Each volume contains an introductory essay by the editor and a select guide to further reading.

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Parliamentary and presidential government, exemplified by the United Kingdom and most continental European countries on the one hand and the United States and Latin America on the other, are the two principal forms of democracy in the modern world. Their respective advantages anddisadvantages have long been debated, at first mainly by...

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The readings in this series are chosen from a variety of journals and other sources to cover major areas or issues in the study of politics, government, and political theory. Each volume contains an introductory essay by the editor and a select guide to further reading.

Arend Lijphart is at University of California, San Diego.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198780443

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The readings in this series are chosen from a variety of journals and other sources to cover major areas or issues in the study of politics, government, and political theory. Each volume contains an introductory essay by the editor and a select guide to further reading.

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`Should prove a valuable source not only for teaching purposes but for anyone who wishes to delve into this topic of longstanding debate but continuing relevance.'Australian Journal of International Affairs