Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers, David Samuels, Matthew Soberg Shugart Paperback

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Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers, David Samuels, Matthew Soberg Shugart Paperback. "Presidents, Parties, and Prime Ministers is an overdue and pioneering book by two excellent political scientists. Political scientists have not paid enough attention to the ways in which parties differ in presidential compared to parliamentary systems. David Samuels and Matthew Shugart fill this important gap in the literature and show that parties behave and organize in systematically different ways in presidential compared to parliamentary democracies. Their mix of quantitative data and case studies is fruitful and compelling." - Scott Mainwaring, University of Notre Dame

"This is a terrific book by two leading scholars of parties and elections. It is especially rich empirically. The authors mix analysis of comprehensive data from across all democracies with a variety of case studies and extensive examples. They describe compelling and underrecog-nized links between formal constitutional structure and the goals of party leaders. Those goals of party leaders, the authors argue, get complicated under presidential systems, and they are different from the goals of party leaders in parliamentary systems. Put together, the quantitative analysis and case studies make the overall case in this book hard to refute." - Kenneth Kollman, University of Michigan

"This book sets out, in very clear and cogent terms, why anyone who is interested in understanding party competition needs to put constitutional distinctions between presidential and parliamentary government at center stage in their analysis." - Michael Laver, New York University

"Samuels and Shugart's book constitutes a giant step forward in exploring how institutional rules shape the internal power dynamics of political parties. Going beyond sociological or political-economic conditions of party organization, this book demonstrates that institutions have a major impact on how politicians coordinate their efforts to win and exercise political power through political parties. I have no doubt that this book will be an agenda setter, triggering a train of new comparative research on the political process inside political parties." - Herbert Kitschelt, Duke University


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