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The Czech Parliamentary Regime After 1989
The Czech Parliamentary Regime After 1989

Origins, Developments and Challenges

Author(s): Miloš Brunclík, Michal Kubát
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Univerzita Karlova, Fakulta sociálních věd, Katedra politologie Institutu politologických studií
Keywords: Czech Republic; parliamentary regime; consensus democracy; majoritarian democracy; rationalized parliamentarism; electoral system

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the major trajectories of the developments of the Czech democratic polity after 1989. It also discusses institutional traditions of the Czech parliamentary regimes dating back to the period of the First Czechoslovak Republic in the inter-war period. The article also analyses the major problems which the Czech parliamentary regime now faces. It is argued that the direct election of the president introduced in 2012–2013 was a serious blunder made by Czech political elites. Instead, the authors of the article argue, the desirable reform efforts should focus on rationalizing the regime in terms of strengthening of the prime ministers within the cabinet and the cabinet itself within the parliamentary system. The reform of the Czech democratic polity should also include putting in pace an electoral system that would facilitate making stable and ideologically coherent government majorities.

  • Issue Year: 8/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-29
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: English