Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective: Minority Presidents in Multiparty Systems

ISBN : 9780198817208

Paul Chaisty; Nic Cheeseman; Timothy J. Power
288 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Oxford Studies in Democratization

This book provides the first cross-regional study of an increasingly important form of politics: coalitional presidentialism. Drawing on original research of minority presidents in the democratising and hybrid regimes of Armenia, Benin, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Kenya, Malawi, Russia, and Ukraine, it seeks to understand how presidents who lack single party legislative majorities build and manage cross-party support in legislative assemblies. It develops a framework for analysing this phenomenon, and blends data from MP surveys, detailed case studies, and wider legislative and political contexts, to analyse systematically the tools that presidents deploy to manage their coalitions. In developing this analysis, the book assembles a set of concepts, definitions, indicators, analytical frameworks, and propositions that establish the main parameters of coalitional presidentialism. In this way, i Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective provides crucial insights into this mode of


1 The Rise of Minority Presidentialism; 2 Coalitional Presidentialism in Cross-Regional Perspective; 3 The Embedded Costs of Power Sharing: Coalition Formation in Multiparty Presidentialism; 4 Toward a Framework for Analysis: The Presidential Toolbox; 5 Legislative Powers and Coalition Management; 6 Cabinet Authority and Coalition Management; 7 Partisan Powers and Coalition Management; 8 Budgetary Authority and Coalition Management; 9 The Exchange of Favours and Coalition Management; 10 Minority Presidents in a Coalitional World: Comparative Perspectives on the Tools of Governance; Appendix A: English Version of CPP Survey Questionnaire


Paul Chaisty is Associate Professor in Russian Politics at the University of Oxford. His publications include Legislative Politics and Economic Power in Russia (2006), as well as articles in journals such as Europe-Asia Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs. His research interests cover legislative, party and interest group politics in the former Soviet Union; political attitudes in Russia and Ukraine; and post-Soviet nationalism. ; Nic Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy and International Development at Birmingham University. He is the co-editor of the collections Our Turn to Eat (2010), The Handbook of African Politics (2013), and African Politics: Major Works (2016), and the author of Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures, and the Struggle for Political Reform (CUP, 2015). Dr Cheeseman is also the founding editor of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of African Politics, a former editor of the journal African Affairs, and an advisor to, and writer for, Kofi Annan's African Progress Panel.; Timothy J. Power is Associate Professor in Brazilian Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is a member of the Department of Politics and International Relations. An Associate Fellow of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), he has published widely on political institutions, democratization, and Brazilian politics and government. He is the author of The Political Right in Postauthoritarian Brazil (2000), and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, and many other journals.