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Political Institutions in East Timor

Semi-Presidentialism and Democratisation, 1st Edition

By Lydia M. Beuman


142 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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In 2002, East Timor became an independent state following a long conflict with Indonesia, and went on to adopt a semi-presidential form of government. In a semi-presidential system there is a directly elected fixed-term president, prime minister and government who are collectively responsible for the legislature. Over 50 countries in the world have adopted such a system.

This book examines the politics of semi-presidentialism in East Timor from 2002-2012 and post-2012 political developments. It analyses the impact of semi-presidentialism on the performance of East Timor’s democracy, and looks at whether semi‐presidentialism encourages power sharing between competing forces, or whether it provoke a power struggle that threatens democratic stability. Using East Timor as a case study, the author explains whether the adoption of semi-presidentialism helps or hinders the process of democratisation in new democracies.

It is of interest to researchers in the fields of Political Science, Conflict Resolution and Asian Studies, in particular Southeast Asian Politics.


"Lydia M. Beuman presents a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the formative years of this innovative experience. Based on her doctoral thesis, the book attains the highest standards of academic profiency: it includes a comprehensive survey of the existing literature; is grounded in fieldwork during which the author engaged with all the relevant actors; and provides a cogent analytical framework."

Rui Graca Feijo, University of Coimbra, Contemporary Southeast Asia

Table of Contents

1. Semi-presidentialism and democracy, 2. East Timor’s semi-presidential system, 3. The road to independence and the adoption of a semi-presidential system, 4. Cohabitation, 5. Divided government, 6. Unified majority government, 7. Conclusion, 8. Postscript

About the Author

Lydia Beuman received her PhD from the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland. She has published on cohabitation in East Timor in the journal Parliamentary Affairs, and is currently working on governments of national unity and democratic performance.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Southeast Asia.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General