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PRESIDENTIALISM, MULTIPARTY SYSTEMS, AND DEMOCRACY: THE DIFFICULT EQUATION

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  title={PRESIDENTIALISM, MULTIPARTY SYSTEMS, AND DEMOCRACY: THE DIFFICULT EQUATION},
  author={Scott Mainwaring},
  year={1990}
}
This paper argues that the combination of a multiparty system and a presidential system is inimical to stable democracy. The paper presents empirical evidence that shows that few (4 of 25) stable democracies have presidential systems. Several features of presidential systems contribute to explaining why so few have become stable democracies; this paper focuses particularly on the possibility that presidential systems are more prone to immobilism, weak executive power, and destabilizing… 

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