The perils of personalism

  title={The perils of personalism},
  author={Matthew Rhodes-Purdy and Ra{\'u}l L. Madrid},
  pages={321 - 339}
ABSTRACT What impact does personalism, or presidential dominance of a weakly organized ruling party, have on the level of democracy? We argue that presidents who dominate their own weakly organized parties are more likely to seek to concentrate power, undermine horizontal accountability, and trample the rule of law than presidents who preside over parties that have an independent leadership and an institutionalized bureaucracy. Independent party leaders, we suggest, will often try to curb the… 
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