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Semi-Presidentialism in the Caucasus and Central Asia

  • Robert Elgie
  • Sophia Moestrup

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Alexander Markarov
    Pages 61-90
  3. Jody LaPorte
    Pages 91-117
  4. Malkhaz Nakashidze
    Pages 119-142
  5. Dmitry Nurumov, Vasil Vashchanka
    Pages 143-172
  6. Matteo Fumagalli
    Pages 173-205
  7. Robert Elgie, Sophia Moestrup
    Pages 207-226
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 227-234

About this book


This edited collection examines the politics of semi-presidential countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Semi-presidentialism is the situation where there is both a directly elected fixed-term president and a prime minister and cabinet that are collectively responsible for the legislature. There are four countries with a semi-presidential constitution in this region - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan. The authors introduce the concept of semi-presidentialism, place the countries in a general post-Soviet context, and compare them with Kazakhstan. They investigate the relationship between semi-presidentialism in the formal constitution and the verticality of power in reality, explore the extent to which semi-presidentialism has been responsible for the relative performance of democracy in each country, and chart the relationship within the executive both between the president, prime minister and ministers, and between the executive and the legislature. < 


Semi-Presidentialism Caucasus Central Asia Democracy Presidents Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia Kyrgyzstan Power Government

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Elgie
    • 1
  • Sophia Moestrup
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Law and GovernmentDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland
  2. 2.Central and West AfricaNational Democratic InstituteArlingtonUSA

About the editors

Robert Elgie is Paddy Moriarty Professor of Government and International Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland. He has published numerous books, including Semi-Presidentialism: Sub-types and Democratic Performance (2011). He is the editor of the journal French Politics, which is published by Palgrave Macmillan.


Sophia Moestrup is Deputy Director for the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) Central and West Africa team in Washington, DC, USA. She has worked on all aspects of the design and implementation of democracy support programs in the region. She has published widely on semi-presidentialism and democratic performance.


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