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Presidentialism: Power in Comparative Perspective

Michael L. Mezey
Presidentialism: Power in Comparative Perspective
ISBN: 978-1-58826-892-1
ISBN: 978-1-62637-164-4
2013/260 pages/LC: 2013006137
"An impressive book that fills an important void in the literature on presidentialism in comparative perspective."—Eduardo Alemán, University of Houston

"A mature, highly informative, and enlightening treatment of executive governance.... With extensive examples drawn from around the world, Mezey highlights the personalization of rule in presidential democracies."—Sebastian Saiegh, University of California San Diego


In countries as diverse as Brazil, Ecuador, France, Russia, South Africa, and the United States, presidents have come to dominate the politics and political cultures of their nations. Michael Mezey offers a comprehensive cross-national study of the presidency, tracing the historical and intellectual roots of executive power and exploring in detail the contemporary forces that have driven a turn toward "presidentialism."


Michael L. Mezey is professor of political science at DePaul University. His books include Comparative Legislatures, Congress, the President, and Public Policy and Representative Democracy: Legislators and Their Constituents.


  • An Introduction to Presidentialism.
  • An Intellectual History of Executive Power.
  • A Comparative Perspective on Presidential Power.
  • Presidentialism and the Size of Government.
  • Presidentialism and Globalism.
  • Presidentialism and the People.
  • The Perils and Promise of Presidentialism.
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