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ECPR 50th Anniversary Fund

The Relationship between Heads of State and Prime Ministers

Comparative Politics
Political Leadership
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Thomas Sedelius
Dalarna University
Panel Discussant
Vit Hloušek
Masaryk University

09/09/2016 14:00 - 15:40
Building: Faculty of Arts Floor: 2 Room: FA215
Relations between heads of state and prime ministers vary - both within and between parliamentary and semi-presidential regimes. Presidential and prime minister powers, party and electoral system variation, institutional traditions, as well as non-institutional factors are relevant as to this variation. A constitutional idea behind both semi-presidential and parliamentary systems is that the respective role of the president (or monarch) and the prime minister are complementary and clearly defined: the president upholds popular legitimacy and represents the continuity of state and nation, while the prime minister exercises policy leadership and takes responsibility for the day-to-day functions of government. But an often referred peril of semipresidentialism is the risk of intra-executive conflict between the president and the prime minister. The interaction between presidents, prime ministers and parliament certainly matters to e.g. party formation and behavior, policy co-ordination, cabinet work, and executive control. The aim of this Panel is to bring together papers that from various perspectives address the relationship between presidents, prime ministers and parliament in parliamentary and semi-presidential regimes. The Panel has its main focus on European countries but we also welcome papers covering countries from different parts of the world. Comparative designs and single-case studies are welcomed as well as different kinds of methodological approaches.

Paper List

Title Details
A Structured Review of Semi-Presidential Studies: Struggling to Move beyond Linz View Paper Details
Constitutional Positions of Heads of State in the EU View Paper Details
Executive power in Central and Eastern Europe in comparative perspective View Paper Details
Semi presidential systems and semi constitutional monarchies: A historical assessment of executive power-sharing View Paper Details
The Portuguese semi-presidential system in times of crisis, 2011-2015 View Paper Details
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