• Tapio RaunioEmail author
  • Thomas Sedelius
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Presidential Politics book series (PASTPRPO)


This introductory chapter explains the main idea and objectives of emphasizing institutional coordination between the president and the prime minister in semi-presidential regimes. The book makes four main contributions to the literature: it develops a multidisciplinary theoretical framework drawing on four strands of literature; it provides an in-depth analysis of intra-executive decision-making based on unique expert interview data; it offers new insights on foreign policy leadership in semi-presidential regimes; and finally, it identifies institutional conditions that facilitate successful policy coordination in semi-presidential regimes. The chapter introduces the research design and data, presenting the focused comparison of Finland, Lithuania, and Romania and the use of expert interviews to reach behind the scenes of semi-presidential policy-making.


Semi-presidentialism Semi-presidential regimes Semi-presidential policy-making Executive Institutional coordination Finland Lithuania Romania 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Management and BusinessTampere UniversityTampereFinland
  2. 2.School of Education, Health and Social SciencesDalarna UniversityFalunSweden

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