Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective: Minority Presidents in Multiparty Systems

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How do presidents without legislative majorities build and maintain cross-party support? A new book by Paul Chaisty, Timothy Power and Nic Cheeseman argues that the answer is 'coalitional presidentialism'. This the result of two increasing trends in contemporary democracy: the rise of directly elected presidents and the fragmentation of party systems. Drawing on a wealth of original research of minority presidents from across three continents, they have developed a framework for analysing this increasingly important form of politics.

Abstract

'Coalitional Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective' focuses on five key legislative, cabinet, partisan, budget, and informal (exchange of favours) tools that are utilised by minority presidents. These, the authors argue, make up the 'toolbox' for coalition management, which minority presidents deploy to provide the highest return of political support with the lowest expenditure of political capital. 

This book is part of the Oxford Studies in Democratization series.

Prof Paul Chaisty is Professor of Russian and East European PoliticsProfessor Timothy Power is Professor of Latin American Politics and University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies, St Antonys College