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Представителната демокрация в България: Успехи и предизвикателства
Representative Democracy in Bulgaria: Achievements and Challenges

Author(s): Daniel Smilov
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The article explores the challenges facing the Bulgarian representative democracy from two main perspectives. First, it focuses on the developments in the Bulgarian party system. It is argued that there is a steady trend in the ascendancy of political players (parties), which have generally low institutional and ideological capacity, but are strong in terms of media presentation and leadership. These parties displace the more traditional "programmatic" parties, which in turn leads to weakening of the representative body – the National Assembly – and strengthening the role of the executive. Secondly, the paper deals with the constitutional challenges facing the Bulgarian model, and in particular, the possibility for institutionalization of the de facto weakness of the Bulgarian parliament through a semi-presidential reinterpretation of the Bulgarian basic law.

  • Issue Year: 42/2010
  • Issue No: Spec. 1
  • Page Range: 52-65
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian