Perilous semi-presidentialism? On the democratic performance of Timor-Leste government system
- Rui Graça Feijó
- Contemporary Politics
- Volume 24, Issue 3
- Language: English
- DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2017.1413504
- ISSN: 1356-9775 / 1469-3631 (Online)
Timor-Leste chose semi-presidentialism as its government system to steer the country towards a democratic state. This government system became popular in the course of the ‘Third Wave’ of democratization, but has no other example in Southeast Asia. The Timorese Constituent Assembly was guided not by an appraisal of the virtues and pitfalls of competing systems, but by historical and political factors that led it to craft an institutional solution in line with significant features of Timorese society. Yet the specific form of semi-presidentialism adopted in Timor-Leste (‘president-parliamentarism’) is regarded in the literature as prone to instability. However, in spite of episodes of instability, the conclusion emerging from three consecutive presidencies is one of positive steps in democracy-building and consolidation. This is mainly due to the emergence of ‘independent’ presidents who have sought power-sharing arrangements and promoted inclusive governance.
Semi-presidentialism, inclusive governance, independent presidents
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Temporary exhibition about the impact of World War I in Portuguese healthcare, including among ex-combatants. From the Trenches to the Hospital: Portugal, Health and the Great War The Portuguese
Temporary exhibition about the impact of World War I in Portuguese healthcare, including among ex-combatants.
From the Trenches to the Hospital:
Portugal, Health and the Great War
The Portuguese participation in the Great War had political, economic and social consequences that were felt in the following decades, and that also had an impact on health. Through the mobilisation of over 100 000 men, the young Portuguese Republic (1910) hoped to obtain international recognition and protect its African colonies from British and German interests.
Although it might seem contradictory, the First World War triggered a set of technical and scientific advances in healthcare. But this total war would also forever mark the lives of many men, who returned with physical and psychiatric traumas, and who were soon consigned to oblivion.
Through a set of objects, photographs and videos, this exhibition explores this double impact of the Great War on health, in Portugal.
Dates: 29 Julho a 29 de Setembro de 2019
Schedule: 10-13h / 14h-17h de Segunda a Domingo
Venue: Santo António Hospital – Auditorium Prof. Doutor Alexandre Moreira do Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
July 29 (Monday) 10:00 am - September 29 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
Institute of Contemporary History — NOVA FCSH and Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
Sep 17, 2019
Albérico Afonso was honored last Sunday with the Setúbal Medal of Honor, in the Cultural Activities class, for his dedication to research and teaching.
Sep 4, 2019
The Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies awarded Márcia Gonçalves for the best peer-reviewed article on Portuguese history.
Aug 2, 2019
The IHC is a partner of one of the winning projects of the first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees-Partnership with Japan about History in the Public Sphere.