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Timor-Leste: semi-presidentialism and the democratic transition in a new, small state

Shoesmith, Dennis R. (2007). Timor-Leste: semi-presidentialism and the democratic transition in a new, small state. In Elgie, Robert and Moestrup, Sophia(Ed.), Semi-presidentialism outside Europe: a comparative study. London: Routledge. (pp. 219-236).

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Author Shoesmith, Dennis R.
Title of Chapter Timor-Leste: semi-presidentialism and the democratic transition in a new, small state
Title of Book Semi-presidentialism outside Europe: a comparative study
Place of Publication London
Publisher Routledge
Publication Year 2007
Series Routledge Research in Comparative Politics
Edition 1
Editor Elgie, Robert
Moestrup, Sophia
ISBN 9780415380478   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Chapter Number 13
Start Page 219
End Page 236
Total Pages 18
Field of Research 1606 - Political Science
1605 - Policy and Administration
HERDC Category B - Book Chapter (DEST)
Abstract This is the first academic study of the impact of semi-presidentialism in emerging democracies outside of Europe. Semi-presidentialism is where there is both a directly-elected fixed-term president and a prime minister who is responsible to the legislature. For the most part, semi-presidentialism is seen as being a risky choice for new democracies because it can create potentially destabilizing competition between the president and prime minister. And yet, there are now more than fifty semi-presidential countries in the world. Moreover, many of these countries are in Africa, the former Soviet Union and Asia, often in places where democracy has yet to establish a firm foundation. This study begins with a chapter that discusses the advantages and disadvantages of semi-presidentialism and provides the theoretical framework for a wide-ranging series of country chapters presented in the second part of the book. Written by country/area specialists, the case studies highlight the political processes at work in young semi-presidential democracies. Semi-Presidentialism Outside Europe will appeal to those researching and studying in the fields of comparative politics, development and democracy.
 
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