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    Revisiting the Debate on Irish “Semi-Presidentialism”: Tradition or Evolution?

    Ferri, Delia and Ryan, Fergus (2023) Revisiting the Debate on Irish “Semi-Presidentialism”: Tradition or Evolution? DPCE Online, 57 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2037-6677

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    Ireland is generally (but often reluctantly) characterized as a semi-presidential model of government. The 1937 Constitution of Ireland provides that the President of Ireland must be elected by direct vote of the people, but also that the head of government and the cabinet are dependent on the confidence of the lower house of the legislature. A certain uneasiness around this semi-presidential categorization is linked to the weak powers of the Irish Presidency. Recently, academic discussion has been revamped in light of a perceived “activism” of the current President Michael D. Higgins. On foot of these recent occurrences, this short contribution revisits the role of the President in the Irish constitutional system, and reflects on its powers and prerogatives.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: President of Ireland; Constitution of Ireland; Separation of powers; Semi-presidentialism; Discretionary powers;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Centre for European and Eurasian Studies
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 18190
    Identification Number:
    Depositing User: Delia Ferri
    Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2024 16:02
    Journal or Publication Title: DPCE Online
    Publisher: Diritto Pubblico Comparato ed Europeo
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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