Richard Stacey's scientific contributions

Publications (3)

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The semi-presidential system is a form of government in which a directly elected president shares executive power with a prime minister and government appointed by, and serving with the continuing confidence of, a democratically elected legislature. The system is characterized by two sites of executive power, each with a separate electoral mandate....
Technical Report
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The political history of many of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region over the last 60 years has been one of strong presidents and weak legislatures. The democratic revolutions of the Arab Spring created the opportunity to reconstitute the political system in a way that marks a fundamental break from the dictatorships of...
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This paper considers the range of institutional design options adopted in a selection of the world’s semi-presidential regimes. Through an extensive comparative analysis, this paper illustrates that the democratic performance of a semi-presidential regime depends to a great extent on the choices that are made among these design options. The Tunisia...

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... As a rule, in constitutional doctrine, "pure" forms of government are associated with the risks of usurpation of power or, at least, its excessive concentration by the heads of state in presidential republics or ruling parties and their leaders in parliamentary ones 13 the introduction of mixed forms of government is seen as a method of avoiding the threats that pure forms potentially carry. Logically, in the conditions of constitutional democracy, they should neutralize the excessive powers of the parliamentary majority or the head of state. ...