DISC Lecture Series: "Regime Type: Does It Really Matter? On the Perils of Semi-presidentialism for Party System Institutionalization in Post-communist Europe" by Fernando Bertoa Casal

Date: 
November 7, 2012 - 15:30 - 17:10
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Room: 
Gellner room
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Event audience: 
Fernando Bertoa Casal (source: Univ Leiden)

 

Currently he is a Post-doctoral Fellow working on Prof. Ingrid van Biezen’s led large-scale research project on the "Legal Regulation of Political Parties in Post-war Europe"(funded by the European Research Council - ERC). Information, news, publications and an online database can be found here. 

Fernando Casal Bértoa studied Law at the University of Pamplona (Navarra, Spain) and Political Science at the University of Salamanca (Spain) (both cum laude). After specializing in Eastern and Central European Studies at the Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland) (magna cum laude), he obtained his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) with a dissertation titled The Institutionalization of Party Systems in East Central Europe: Explaining Variation. 

Currently he is a Post-doctoral Fellow working on Prof. Ingrid van Biezen’s led large-scale research project on the "Legal Regulation of Political Parties in Post-war Europe"(funded by the European Research Council - ERC). Information, news, publications and an online database can be found here

 

Abstract of the paper:

Among political scientists the debate about the relative virtues/vices of the different regime types has constituted one of the most incandescent fields of inquiry. Yet few studies address the impact of semi-presidentialism on the prospects for party system institutionalization, otherwise a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for the consolidation of democracy (Mainwaring and Scully, 1995; Morlino, 1998). Seeking to begin to fill this gap in the literature, and departing from a new operationalization of the party system institutionalization (Casal Bértoa and Enyedi, 2010), this paper constitutes an attempt to analyse the effects parliamentarism and/or semi-presidentialism produce on the level of systemic institutionalization in new 17 post-communist Eastern European democracies. Examining differences in these cases, to which an in-depth analysis of four representative case-studies is added, the paper finds substantial evidence that, in clear contrast to parliamentarism, semi-presidentialism is detrimental to the process of institutionalization in young party systems.

 

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