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The Regime-Trilemma: On the Relationship between the Executive and Legislature in advanced Democracies

  • A comprehensive typology of basic executive formats is presented and linked to a discussion of tradeoffs in the design of executive-legislative relations. The focus is on the tradeoffs between three goals: (1) programmatic parties, (2) identifiable cabinets and (3) issue -specific legislative coalitions. To include semi-presidentialism into the typology in a logically consistent manner, a heretofore neglected executive format has to be defined, which is labelled semi-parliamentarism. Based on a discussion of Australian states, it is argued that semi-parliamentarism has the potential to mitigate the trilemma.

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Author:Steffen Ganghof
Parent Title (German):Politische Vierteljahresschrift : Zeitschrift der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft
Place of publication:Hannover
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2016
Year of Completion:2016
Release Date:2020/03/22
Tag:bicameralism; executive-legislative relations; semi-parliamentarism
First Page:27
Last Page:+
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Sozialwissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert