Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers: How the Separation of Powers Affects Party Organization and Behavior

David J. Samuels, Matthew Shugart

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages295
ISBN (Electronic)9780511780882
ISBN (Print)9780521869546
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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© David J. Samuels and Matthew S. Shugart 2010.

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