The President of Ireland in Comparative Perspective

  title={The President of Ireland in Comparative Perspective},
  author={Robert A. Elgie},
  journal={Irish Political Studies},
  pages={502 - 521}
  • R. Elgie
  • Published 20 November 2012
  • Political Science
  • Irish Political Studies
There is long-standing belief that the Irish presidency is a unique or at least a very unusual institution. To what extent is this interpretation correct? This article compares the Irish presidency with other presidencies. It examines the spread of direct presidential elections and the gradual diffusion of constitutions with a mix of presidential and parliamentary features. It then compares the Irish President with 42 other presidencies, including countries with a directly elected president and… 

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