This edited collection examines the politics of semi-presidential countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Semi-presidentialism is the situation where there is both a directly elected fixed-term president and a prime minister and cabinet that are collectively responsible for the legislature. There are four countries with a semi-presidential constitution in this region - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan. The authors introduce the concept of semi-presidentialism, place the countries in a general post-Soviet context, and compare them with Kazakhstan. They investigate the relationship between semi-presidentialism in the formal constitution and the verticality of power in reality, explore the extent to which semi-presidentialism has been responsible for the relative performance of democracy in each country, and chart the relationship within the executive both between the president, prime minister and ministers, and between the executive and the legislature. <
Robert Elgie is Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland. He has published numerous books, including Semi-Presidentialism: Sub-types and Democratic Performance (2011). He is the editor of the journal French Politics, which is published by Palgrave Macmillan. Sophia Moestrup is Deputy Director for the National Democratic Institute's (NDI) Central and West Africa team in Washington, DC, USA. She has worked on all aspects of the design and implementation of democracy support programs in the region. She has published widely on semi-presidentialism and democratic performance.
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Government & Constitution
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34 Tables, black and white; 3 Illustrations, color; 1 Illustrations, black and white; XIV, 234 p. 4 illus., 3 illus. in color.