Presidential Values in Parliamentary Democracies

8 International Journal of Constitutional Law 207 (2010)

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 194

30 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2010 Last revised: 15 Sep 2017

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Richard Albert

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

Date Written: March 23, 2010

Abstract

Constitutional theory has long regarded the separation of powers as unique to presidential systems and incompatible with parliamentary ones. In this Article, I suggest that the core values of the separation of powers are achievable in both presidential and parliamentary systems, contrary to the conventional wisdom which insists that the separation of powers is the exclusive province of presidentialism. This conclusion – that parliamentary and presidential systems are comparably receptive to the practical and philosophical strictures of the separation of powers – unlocks interesting possibilities for rethinking constitutional structure anew.

Keywords: Constitutional Theory, Constitutional Design, Separation of Powers, Parliamentarism, Presidentialism, Comparative Constitutional Structure

Suggested Citation

Albert, Richard, Presidential Values in Parliamentary Democracies (March 23, 2010). 8 International Journal of Constitutional Law 207 (2010), Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 194, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1577296

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