The failure of cohabitation: explaining the 2007 and 2012 institutional crises in Romania

Gherghina, S. and Miscoiu, S. (2013) The failure of cohabitation: explaining the 2007 and 2012 institutional crises in Romania. East European Politics and Societies, 27(4), pp. 668-684. (doi:10.1177/0888325413485621)

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Abstract

Built on concurrent claims of legitimacy, the semi-presidential constitutional framework is prone to conflicts between the office holders. Cohabitation is a particular instance in which the president’s party is not represented in government and he has to share executive power with a prime minister. Instead of producing a flexible dual-authority structure within the executive, cohabitation has always tended to generate institutional crises in Romania, ending with the impeachment of the president (2007 and 2012). This article identifies a combination of four factors leading to this outcome: legislative ambiguity, the composition of the legislature, the absence of external pressures, and the leaders’ personality.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Miscoiu, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:East European Politics and Societies
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:0888-3254
ISSN (Online):1533-8371
Published Online:15 May 2013

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