The Fusion of Presidentialism and Parliamentarism
Boston College - Law School; Yale University - Law School
American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 57, No. 3, 2009
Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 190
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
Date posted: June 28, 2009 ; Last revised: March 16, 2010