Part IV Architecture, Ch.29 Presidentialism
Héctor Fix-Fierro, Pedro Salazar-Ugarte
Edited By: Michel Rosenfeld, András Sajó
A presidential system is a form of government in a republican state. From this perspective, it is an alternative to monarchy. However, its historical origins and theoretical background are found in monarchical government. The idea that one and the same person holds the offices of head of state and head of government is akin to both presidential systems and traditional monarchies. Whenever these two roles are separated, the foundations are laid for either a constitutional monarchy or a parliamentary government. Thus, presidentialism as a form of government was born...