Semi-Presidentialism in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Editors: Elgie, Robert, Moestrup, Sophia (Eds.)

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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. < 

About the authors

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.

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Semi-presidentialism in Democracies, Quasi-democracies, and Autocracies

    Elgie, Robert (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • From Patronal First Secretary to Patronal President: Post-Soviet Political Regimes in Context

    Baturo, Alexander

    Pages 29-59

  • Semi-presidentialism in Armenia

    Markarov, Alexander

    Pages 61-90

  • Semi-presidentialism in Azerbaijan

    LaPorte, Jody

    Pages 91-117

  • Semi-presidentialism in Georgia

    Nakashidze, Malkhaz

    Pages 119-142

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Semi-Presidentialism in the Caucasus and Central Asia
Editors
  • Robert Elgie
  • Sophia Moestrup
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38781-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-38781-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38780-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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