What is it about?

This article proposes a comparative analytic framework of autocratic constitutional system to explain why hegemonic personalist regimes (HPRs) emerge. Semi-presidential dictatorships are more likely to evolve into HPRs than parliamentary systems or presidential autocracies. This study used data covering all autocracies between 1945 and 2010 to verify this hypothesis.

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Our findings show that autocratic constitutions are not meaningless pieces of paper but determine the extent to which power is shared between dictators and elites, and the extent of the opposition’s power, thus explaining autocratic types.


This study adds to scholarship on comparative constitutional system, authoritarian regimes, autocratic endurance, the origins and functions of a non-democratic institutions, and over-presidentialization of some semi-presidential countries.

University of Essex

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This page is a summary of: Does the constitution matter? Semi-presidentialism and the origin of hegemonic personalist regimes, International Political Science Review, April 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0192512119829160.
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