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Proximity, candidates, and presidential power: how directly elected presidents shape the legislative party system

Elgie, Robert orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-5334-4796, Bucur, Cristina, Dolez, Bernard and Laurent, Annie (2014) Proximity, candidates, and presidential power: how directly elected presidents shape the legislative party system. Political Research Quarterly, 67 (3). pp. 467-477. ISSN 1938-274X

This article examines the impact of direct presidential elections on legislative party systems. We argue that presidential power shapes the effective number of presidential candidates in a way that will have a reductive effect on the legislative party system, but this reduction will be observed only within an intermediary range of presidential power. We also argue that this proposition should be tested solely on the population of countries with direct presidential elections. We find that the effect of presidential coattails is less important than has typically been suggested, that by contrast presidential power has an influence on the legislative party system, but also that we need to think carefully about how to capture variation in presidential power when trying to estimate its effect. This latter point applies to the debate about the determinants of the legislative party system but also to debates about the effect of presidential power more generally.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Presidential elections; Party systems; Coattails effect; Honeymoon elections; Presidential power
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1065912914530514
Copyright Information:© 2014 Sage
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20744
Deposited On:28 Aug 2015 12:35 by Robert Elgie . Last Modified 05 Oct 2018 09:24

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