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Parliamentarized presidentialism: New Democracies, Constitutional Engineering, and the Bolivian Model
Midwest Political Science Associationi (2001)
  • Miguel Centellas, Western Michigan University
Abstract
This paper analyzes the Bolivian model of executive-legislative relations within the context of formal and informal institutions. Since its transition to democracy, the Bolivian executive has been selected by the legislature, moving the officially presidential system closer to a parliamentary model. Reinforced by the electoral and party systems, the model is significantly different from the “hybrid presidential” model (which has separate heads of state and government) and contains its own internal logic. A better understanding of this institutional arrangement and its consequences for democratic consolidation sheds light not only on the role of institutional design in new democracies, but also calls into question some of the assumptions drawn from the traditional dichotomy between presidential and parliamentary systems.
Publication Date
April, 2001
Citation Information
Miguel Centellas. "Parliamentarized presidentialism: New Democracies, Constitutional Engineering, and the Bolivian Model" Midwest Political Science Associationi (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mcentellas/27/