The presidential republic
Title: The presidential republic
Author: BLONDEL, Jean
Citation: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
This study presents the presidential republic as the most widespread form of government in the contemporary world and looks at the countries which pioneered that development.It assesses the development of presidential republics and looks as the variety of national arrangements and practices, whose common characteristics are to constitute 'presidential republics', and the positioning of this regime alongside monarchies and parliamentary republics. It also addresses the part played by presidential leadership in helping to legitimise the regimes of the new countries.Offering an insight into presidential republics across Latin America, Africa and the Ex-soviet union, this text is a seminal work on political regimes and essential reading for all students and scholars with an interest in political institutions and leadership world-wide.
Table of Contents:
-- 1 Introduction: The Need to Study the ‘Presidential Republic’ as a General Phenomenon of Contemporary Government, 1 -- Part I The General Characteristics of the Phenomenon of the Presidential Republic, 21 -- 2 The Wide Spread of Presidential Republics and Their Key Role in the Political Development of ‘New Countries’, 23 -- 3 Presidential Republics alongside Monarchies and between Parliamentary Republics and Regimes of ‘Usurpers’, 42 -- 4 Is ‘Civilian Republican Leadership’ a Realistic Proposition, Especially in New Countries?, 68 -- Part II Presidential Republics in a Comparative Historical Perspective, 87 -- 5 How Did Presidential Republics Emerge in Spanish America during the Prolonged and Harsh Independence Process (1810–26), 95 -- 6 Latin American Presidential Republics from about 1830 to the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century, 117 -- 7 The Quasi-universal Adoption of the Presidential Republic Mode in Africa after the End of Colonialism, 156 -- 8 Presidential Republics in Africa from Independence to the Second Decade of the T wenty-first Century, 172 -- 9 The Quick Move towards the Presidential Republic in Eleven of the Very Different Countries of the Ex-Soviet Union, 211 -- 10 The Lack of Success of the Model of the Presidential Republic in Asia and Europe, 239 -- Part III Presidential Republics: Their Past and Their Future, 261 -- 11 Has There Been ‘Progress’ in the Characteristic Life of Presidential Republics?, 269 -- 12 Presidential Republics Are Not Inherently Unfit to Govern, 289 -- 13 Conclusion: Unity and Diversity in Presidential Republics, 310 -- Notes 322 -- Bibliography 324 -- Index 329