Presidentialism, Violence, and the Prospect of Democracy (Hardcover)

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Presidentialism, Violence, and the Prospect of Democracy tackles the perennial debate about whether presidentialism is associated with democratic breakdown. Yao-Yuan Yeh and Charles K. S. Wu integrate both institutional and behavioral arguments to discuss how institutional rigidity in changing executive power would stimulate citizens to adopt relatively violent means to address their grievances, leading to democratic crises. This book finds presidential democracies are more likely to encounter crises than either parliamentary or semi-presidential systems. However, once a crisis occurs, presidentialism does not trigger a higher likelihood of a breakdown. The conventional wisdom is thus only half correct.

About the Author

Yao-Yuan Yeh is chair of the department of international studies and modern languages and associate professor of international studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston Charles K.S. Wu is doctoral candidate in the department of political science at Purdue University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781498524308
ISBN-10: 1498524303
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: February 10th, 2021
Pages: 134
Language: English