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The Fusion of Presidentialism and Parliamentarism


Richard Albert


Boston College - Law School

2009

American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 57, No. 3, 2009
Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 190

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No question of constitutional design is more intensely debated than whether emerging democracies should adopt presidential or parliamentary systems. This is an important debate but it misses a critical point about constitutional design - namely that the structural differences between presidentialism and parliamentarism conceal much more than they reveal. In this Article, I demonstrate precisely how conventional accounts of the structural differences between presidentialism and parliamentarism actually obscure their functional similarities.

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Keywords: presidentialism, parliamentarism, constitutional design, efficiency, electoral systems, separation of powers, fusion of powers

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Date posted: June 28, 2009 ; Last revised: March 16, 2010

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Albert, Richard, The Fusion of Presidentialism and Parliamentarism (2009). American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 57, No. 3, 2009; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 190. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1424084

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