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Can you get rid of presidential government?

Charles Richardson August 4, 2017 5 Comments

Events in Venezuela and the United States again cast doubt on the "separation of powers" constitutional model. Can it be reformed or replaced?

Results on three continents

Charles Richardson April 4, 2017

Three generally expected election results from the weekend, although one of them was a cliffhanger.

Three quick previews: Armenia, Serbia, Ecuador

Charles Richardson March 31, 2017 1 Comment

Three elections this weekend offer contrasting lessons on the problems of presidential government.

On to round two in Ecuador

Charles Richardson February 24, 2017

A delayed count in Ecuador has failed to stave off a second round of voting, in which the ruling leftist party will face a difficult challenge.

Election preview: Ecuador

Charles Richardson February 18, 2017

Ecuador's leftist president is respecting term limits and bowing out. Change is on the way, which may not be good news for Julian Assange.

Death of a dictator

Charles Richardson November 28, 2016

The death of Fidel Castro would be a good opportunity for reflection on some serious issues. Instead, many on both sides have embarrassed themselves.

Finally, a winner in Peru

Charles Richardson June 10, 2016

And you thought Austria was close? Peru's presidential election finally produces a winner, by a tiny margin.

And now Peru puts on a cliffhanger

Charles Richardson June 6, 2016

The second round of Peru's presidential election is too close to call. Venezuela's president, on the other hand, is fighting tooth and nail against recall.

Another dictator’s daughter in the lead

Charles Richardson April 14, 2016

The daughter of Peru's jailed authoritarian leads in her country's presidential election. Meanwhile, South Korea's president, with a similar background, suffers a rebuff at the polls.

Presidential problems in the Americas

Charles Richardson March 23, 2016

Political crisis in Brazil raises thoughts about the relative stability of presidential and parliamentary systems – a question with obvious relevance to the United States presidential election.