By Cindy Skach

After the cave in of communism, a few thirty nations scrambled to craft democratic constitutions. unusually, the constitutional version they frequently selected used to be neither the natural parliamentary version present in such a lot of Western Europe on the time, nor the presidential version of the Americas. relatively, it used to be semi-presidentialism--a infrequent version recognized extra normally because the "French type." This constitutional version melded parts of natural presidentialism with these of natural parliamentarism. particularly, semi-presidentialism mixed a popularly elected head of country with a head of presidency dependable to a legislature.

Borrowing Constitutional Designs questions the hasty adoption of semi-presidentialism by means of new democracies. Drawing on wealthy case reports of 2 of crucial nations for eu politics within the 20th century--Weimar Germany and the French 5th Republic--Cindy Skach deals the 1st theoretically centred, and traditionally grounded, research of semi-presidentialism and democracy. She demonstrates that constitutional selection issues, simply because lower than definite stipulations, semi-presidentialism constructions incentives that make democratic consolidation tough or that really give a contribution to democratic cave in. She deals a brand new concept of constitutional layout, integrating insights from legislation and the social sciences. In doing so, Skach demanding situations either democratic conception and democratic perform. This ebook may be welcomed not just by way of students and practitioners of constitutional legislation but in addition by way of these in fields comparable to comparative politics, ecu politics and historical past, and foreign and public affairs.

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