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Shifting Power-Centers of Semi-Presidentialism: Exploring Executive Coordination in Lithuania
University of Tampere.
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6594-5804
2017 (English)In: Government and Opposition, ISSN 0017-257X, E-ISSN 1477-7053Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Despite more than two decades of research on semi-presidential regimes, we still know very little about the actual coordination between the president and the prime minister. Through an in-depth analysis of Lithuanian semi-presidentialism, this paper underscores the importance of institutional design on intra-executive balance of power. It argues that absent of written rules or otherwise strong norms guiding intra-executive coordination, presidents enjoy more discretion in designing their own modes of operation. Coordination depends on the initiative of the president, with ad hoc practices further weakening the position of the prime minister. While Lithuanian semi-presidentialism has functioned by and large smoothly, the personality-centred politics commonly found in Central and East European countries creates favourable conditions for presidential activism. 

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2017.
Keyword [en]
semi-presidentialism, president, prime minister, coordination, institutions, leadership, Lithuania
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Political Science
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Semipresidentialism och regeringskapacitet i transitionsländer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-25048OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-25048DiVA: diva2:1098662
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Swedish Research Council, VR 2014-1260
Available from: 2017-05-24 Created: 2017-05-24 Last updated: 2017-05-29Bibliographically approved

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