Semi-Presidentialism in Europe

Hardcover | August 1, 1999

EditorRobert Elgie

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Semi-Presidentialism is the term used to describe the constitutional arrangement where there is a directly elected president and a prime-minister who is responsible to parliament. Examples of semi-presidential regimes include Finland, France, Portugal, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. Thesecountries share certain constitutional features, but the exercise of presidential and prime-ministerial power varies greatly from one to another. Semi-Presidentialism in Europe examines the politics of semi-presidentialism and explores why it is that seemingly similar political systems operate insuch different ways. Furthermore, the book examines the constitutional powers of political leaders, the role of political parties and the importance of past precedent.

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Semi-Presidentialism is the term used to describe the constitutional arrangement where there is a directly elected president and a prime-minister who is responsible to parliament. Examples of semi-presidential regimes include Finland, France, Portugal, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. Thesecountries share certain constitutional features, b...

Robert Elgie is a Lecturer in Politics at University of Limerick.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:August 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198293860

ISBN - 13:9780198293866

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Table of Contents

1. Robert Elgie: The Politics of Semi-Presidentialism2. Wolfgang C. Muller: Austria3. David Arter: Finland4. Robert Elgie: France5. Gunnar Helgie Kristinsson: Iceland6. Michael Gallagher: Republic of Ireland7. Venelin I. Ganev: Bulgaria8. Dainius Urbanavicius: Lithuania9. Ania van det Meer Krok-Paszkowska: Poland10. Tony Verheijen: Romania11. Stephen White: Russia12. Miro Cerar: Slovenia13. Andrew Wilson: Ukraine14. Robert Elgie.: Semi-presidentialism and Comparative Institutional Engineering

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`the book provides epigrammatic explanations of goverments that have rarely crossed the mind.'H.Ziegler, Choice, Vol.37, No. 11/12.