Presidents and Assemblies: Constitutional Design and Electoral Dynamics (Paperback)
  • Presidents and Assemblies: Constitutional Design and Electoral Dynamics (Paperback)

Presidents and Assemblies: Constitutional Design and Electoral Dynamics (Paperback)

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Paperback 332 Pages / Published: 28/08/1992
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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. 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 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 political authority is exercised.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521429900
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm

'This is an important book. It is the first truly comparative analysis of presidential systems, a comparative analysis which had been almost entirely neglected so far: Professors Shugart and Carey are to be much congratulated for entering this field and showing how rich and varied it can be.' Government and Opposition
"... an encyclopedic comparative review of the almost infinite range of variations in the elements of national constitutional systems ... full of insightful comments and recommendations on the advantages and disadvantages of various features." James L. Sundquist, The Brookings Institution
"Shugart and Carey fill a glaring gap. Although I differ with some of their conclusions, I would urge anyone interested in democracy, constitutions, electoral systems, and comparative politics to read this excellent and timely book." Juan Linz, Yale University
"Shugart and Carey's Presidents and Assemblies is a major contribution to the debate about what kinds of political institutions will enhance the prospects that new democracies will endure. They challenge the academic orthodoxy that presidential systems constitute a significant obstacle to building stable democracies. Even those who disagree with their argument will find a treasure of useful information. The book is necessary reading for those interested in comparative political institutions and democracy." Scott Mainwaring, University of Notre Dame
"... quite comprehensive in its inclusion of many countries and ... very thorough and rigorous." British Politics Group Newsletter
"... a tremendously useful and thought provoking book. No one who reads it will see the debate over parliamentarism versus presidentialism in the same light again. It contains an impressive amount of detail about political institutions in a remarkably large number of countries. Most important, it takes a serious look at the effects of a number of institutional variations that have not been treated carefully by other analysts, and reaches conclusions that go considerably beyond the classic works on the subject." Barbara Geddes, American Political Science Review
"... a sweeping survey of presidential and parliamentary government and of the variants between these polar types ... This olume possesses a clarity that makes it a veritable handbook for constitutional draftsmen and for those scholars who watch over their shoulders." Journal of Politics

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