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The perils of ‘presidentialism’, Opinion News & Top Stories – The Straits Times
Countries which elect their presidents indirectly through Parliament are not immune to problems: And, far from being the most perfect example of democracy in action, ceremonial presidents who are directly elected are also less able presidentialixm handle real national crises, in comparison with heads of state who may be indirectly elected, but who can tower over the rest through the sheer force of their exemplary personal conduct.
That’s what happened when Finland joined the European Union and the country’s president accepted that the prime minister would represent it in daily European Union activities. Sadly, however, that’s the exception rather than the rule, prils the reality is that in many other Latin American countries, the clash over “hyper-presidentialism”, presidentjalism all-powerful presidents and resentful Parliaments, is endemic. It was then that Professor Juan Linz, a distinguished Latin American expert and political science academic at Yale University, wrote his seminal works, warnings against “the perils of presidentialism”.
Linz’s analysis focuses on the structural problems of presidentialism. Presidential or Parliamentary Democracy: There are examples when a ceremonial but directly elected head of state works very well with an all-powerful parliamentary government: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, aged 90 and chosen only by Parliament, proved to be the only person with sufficient authority to manage his country’s domestic political meltdown over the past few years.
Prof Linz cautioned Latin America against ignoring this model and going instead for a directly elected powerful presidency, because he believed that this would generate trouble with Parliaments, which will be competing for the same popular legitimacy.
Perhaps someday I can turn editing back on again. Prime ministers are invariably used as scapegoats for French presidents and, as a result, they either plot how to become presidents themselves, or try to discredit the president instead. preils
She forgot that, regardless of the direct electoral mandate she enjoyed, the Brazilian Congress possessed another power copied from the US – that of being able to impeach her, to remove her from office. And that’s a condition which exists in other countries as well, giving rise to constitutional difficulties which can lie dormant for decades, until they suddenly erupt, paralysing the life of nations.
Eventually, I dumped them into this site to make them more searchable and accessible. Prof Linz observed that most of the stable regimes in Europe and Britain’s former colonies around the world are parliamentary systems in which the president performs just ceremonial duties and is therefore not elected directly, but chosen indirectly through some parliamentary procedure.
The person is not only head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, but also appoints all Cabinet ministers and can even issue laws. Nobody listened to him then, as one Latin American country after another rushed to create directly elected presidencies. It is tempting to argue that Brazil is an isolated case; in neighbouring Argentina, an equally vast Latin American country, power was recently transferred from one directly elected president to another smoothly.
The lesson seems to be that directly elected strong presidencies imply long-term constitutional changes which are often unpredictable, and frequently unwelcome.
Johns Hopkins University Press. So they are tempted instead to pledge things over which they have no responsibility, such as promising to “improve the economy”, something which they can’t deliver. And there are a few examples where an executive and elected head of state slowly accepts that he has to share more powers with Parliament: But unlike the US, where Congress has always been dominated by only two parties, the Brazilian Congress is home to over 30 parties, with none of the US traditions of mediating disputes between Parliament and head of state.
Nevertheless, it is striking that European states in which heads of state have limited powers and are not elected or are elected indirectly have tended to do better in handling national crises.
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The perils of ‘presidentialism’
In the meantime, you can use these summaries to benefit from the efforts of a previous generation of doctoral students. These structural problems create problems and negatively influence executives’ leadership styles.
It acts as a reminder of the perils and limitations of constitutional systems in which both the head of state and the Parliament are directly elected, potentially blurring the distinction between the powers of the two. A recent study from the German Institute for Global and Area Studies concludes that the problems of strong “presidentialism” in Latin America are here to stay; “the probability of a blanket change to parliamentary democracy is close to zero”, claims the report.
Two out of the 11 presidents chosen by the German Parliament since World War II had to resign from office because their conduct was called into question. Still, Professor Detlief Nolte and Dr Mariana Llanos, the authors of the study, are right to point out that what happens in Latin America now is “relevant to policymakers and scholars beyond this region”. When I was in graduate school several years ago, my friends and I would routinely share our reading notes with one another.
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In short, Brazil’s first woman president lost office as a result of political manoeuvring, one made worse by a faulty constitutional system. We have presodentialism experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused.
Interestingly, however, the temptation to view a directly elected head of state as the highest form of democracy has proven irresistible in some European countries as well. Most of these constitutional difficulties were actually predicted from the time Latin America emerged from its latest bout of military dictatorship during the s.
Still, her defiance came to nothing: Ms Rousseff was impeached and suspended from office by the Brazilian Congress. King Felipe VI is the only man with the legitimacy to keep Spain on a steady course, as the country staggered on without a government over the past six months, and now faces fresh elections. But the Brazilian episode is of greater significance.
Linz presidentiialism favors parliamentarianism over presidentialism.