Publication: "Crown-Presidentialism"

By Assoc Prof Will Partlett

CTN Convenor Will Partlett contributed to a Special Issue of the Transnational Law Institute Research Paper Series. The special issue arises from a Focus Seminar on ‘‘The End of Globalization? - Resurging Nationalism, Authoritarian Constitutionalism and Uncertain Futures of Democracy” held at the Transnational Law Institute of King’s College London in 2019.

Inspired by the discussions at the Focus Seminar, the Special Issue brings together three eminent legal scholars, Günter Frankenberg, Jiří Přibáň and William Partlett, to address the complex challenges to democracy, the rule of law and human rights we are currently facing. An introduction by Benedikt Reinke opens the special issue.

Will's paper discussed "Crown Presidentialism". Crown-presidential constitutions—despite textual commitments to democracy and the separation of powers—combine presidential powers from both presidential and semipresidentialism. This combination formally concentrates power in the president to such an extent it creates a design that is analytically distinct from presidentialism and semi-presidentialism. This constitutional centralization of power in turns provides presidents with a tool for building and maintaining “super” or “hyper” presidential governance.

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