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Prezidencijalizacija partija u Srbiji
Presidentialization of Parties in Serbia

Author(s): Slaviša Orlović
Subject(s): Electoral systems
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu
Keywords: presidentialization; parties; executive; elections; semi-presidential system

Summary/Abstract: Presidentialization of parties is observed through the executive, party and electoral faces. Presidentialist style dominates over the executive regardless of whether it is the elected head of the state or the prime minister elected in the parliament. Parties face internal leadership tendencies and the party leader’s ambition to accumulate in his hands as many competences as possible and to mount up and distribute the party’s power. The party can benefit from this as well, particularly at the elections, due to personalization and candidate-centric campaigns where everything revolves around the leader. He is the main pivot, support and epicenter of events. This is particularly visible with parties having strong candidates at presidential elections. At the parliamentary elections under proportional representation, the lists’ titles more and more frequently bear names of party leaders. This trend is further contributed by medialization of politics.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 7-25
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Serbian