The Fusion of Presidentialism and Parliamentarism

49 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2009 Last revised: 16 Mar 2010

Richard Albert

Boston College - Law School; Yale University - Law School; Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Derecho; University of Toronto - Faculty of Law; Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Radzyner School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1424084

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