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Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers

Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers [Kindle Edition]

David J. Samuels , Matthew S. Shugart

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This book provides a framework for analyzing the impact of the separation of powers on party politics. Conventional political science wisdom assumes that democracy is impossible without political parties, because parties fulfil all the key functions of democratic governance. They nominate candidates, coordinate campaigns, aggregate interests, formulate and implement policy, and manage government power. When scholars first asserted the essential connection between parties and democracy, most of the world's democracies were parliamentary. Yet by the dawn of the twenty-first century, most democracies had directly elected presidents. David J. Samuels and Matthew S. Shugart provide a theoretical framework for analyzing variation in the relationships among presidents, parties, and prime ministers across the world's democracies, revealing the important ways that the separation of powers alters party organization and behavior - thereby changing the nature of democratic representation and accountability.

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Samuels and Shugart provide an analysis of the way that the separation of powers shapes parties' relationships with their leaders - either directly elected presidents or appointed prime ministers. Their work provides the first systematic study of how democratic constitutional design shapes the balance of power between executives and their parties.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1633 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521869544
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (1 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EHZVD6
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant theory 3 Feb 2012
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Much of the comparative parties literature argues that political parties in new democracies are inherently weaker. This book provides a reason why. Samuels & Shugart argue that presidential systems are inherently less likely to support strong parties because presidents are not loyal to the party system. Presidents can build a political base outside the legislature and cannot be disciplined by party leaders. The book doesn't ever develop an effective test for its theory, but even at the theory-building stage its worth a read.
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