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List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgments 1:Introduction Explaining Presidential Instability The Pitfalls of Presidentialism: The Linzian View What Kills Presidential Democracies? A Summary 2:Presidential, Parliamentary, and Mixed Democracies Democracies and Dictatorships Presidential, Parliamentary, and Mixed Democracies A Note About Mixed Systems Appendix 2.1: Classification of Democratic Forms of Government Appendix 2.2: Government Formation and Assembly Dissolution in Three Mixed Constitutions -- Weimar (1919), Iceland (1949), and France (1958) 3:Are the Incentives for Coalition Formation Different in Parliamentary and Presidential Democracies? Preliminaries Coalition Formation in Parliamentary and Presidential Democracies Conclusion Appendix 3.1: Government Legislative Support in Parliamentary Democracies Appendix 3.2: Coalition Formation under Presidentialism 4:Are Coalitions Rare in Presidential Democracies? Observing Coalition Governments Coalition Governments in Democratic Regimes Does the Failure to Form Government Coalitions Spell Disaster for Democracies? Strong Presidents and Democratic Performance Appendix 4.1: Frequency of Coalition and Majority Governments Computed on the Basis of Situations and Country-Years 5:Party Discipline and Form of Government Regime Type and Party Discipline Centralization of the Decision-Making Process Studying Party Discipline across Systems 6:What Makes Presidential Democracies Fragile? Income, Growth, Size, and Location Military--Presidential Nexus Why a Military--Presidential Nexus? Is the Military--Presidential Nexus About "Latin America"? Appendix 6.1: Coding "Military Legacy" 7:Conclusion Appendix: Definition and Sources of Variables References Index
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