While the German Weimar Republic+ (1919–1933) exemplified an early semi-presidential system, the term "semi-presidential" originated in a 1978 work by political scientist Maurice Duverger+ to describe the French Fifth Republic+ (established in 1958), which Duverger dubbed a ''régime semi-présidentiel''.
There are two separate subtypes of semi-presidentialism: premier-presidentialism and president-parliamentarism.
Under the '''premier-presidentialism''' system, the prime minister and cabinet are exclusively accountable to parliament. The president chooses the prime minister and cabinet, but only parliament may remove them from office with a ''vote of no confidence''. The president does ''not'' have the right to dismiss the prime minister or the cabinet. This subtype is used in Mali+, Burkina Faso+, Senegal+, Romania+, Poland+, Georgia+ (from 2013), Niger+, Madagascar+ and Ukraine+ after 2005.
Under the '''president-parliamentarism''' system, the prime minister and cabinet are dually accountable to the president and the assembly majority.
The president chooses the prime minister and the cabinet but must have the support of the parliament majority for his choice. In order to remove a prime minister or the whole cabinet from power, the president can dismiss them or the assembly can remove them via a ''vote of no confidence''. This form of semi-presidentialism is much closer to pure presidentialism and is used in France+, Portugal+, Taiwan+, Russia+, Armenia+, Mozambique+, Sri Lanka+, Georgia between 2004 and 2013, and Ukraine between 1996 and 2005. It was used in Germany+ during the ''Weimarer Republik'' (Weimar Republic+), as the constitutional regime between 1919 and 1933 is called unofficially.
The powers that are divided between president and prime minister can vary greatly between countries.
In '''France+''', for example, in case of cohabitation+ when the president and the prime minister come from opposing parties, the president takes care of foreign policy+ and defence policy+ (these are generally called ''les prérogatives présidentielles'' (the presidential prerogatives)) and the prime minister of domestic policy+ and economic policy+. In this case, the division of responsibilities between the prime minister+ and the president+ is not explicitly stated in the constitution, but has evolved as a political convention+ based on the constitutional principle that the prime minister is appointed (with the subsequent approval of a parliament majority) and dismissed by the president. On the other hand, whenever the president is from the same party as the prime minister who leads the ''conseil de gouvernement'' (cabinet), he often (if not usually) exercises ''de facto'' control over '''all''' fields of policy via the prime minister. It is up to the president to decide, how much "autonomy" he leaves to "his" prime minister to act on his own.
In '''Finland+''', by contrast, the assignment of responsibility for foreign policy was explicitly stated in the constitution+ until 2000: "foreign policy is led by the president in cooperation with the cabinet".
Semi-presidential systems may sometimes experience periods in which the President and the Prime Minister are from differing political parties. This is called "cohabitation+", a term which originated in France when the situation first arose in the 1980s. Cohabitation can create an effective system of checks and balances+ or a period of bitter and tense stonewalling, depending on the attitudes of the two leader+s, the ideologies of their parties, or the demands of their constituencies.
In most cases, cohabitation results from a system in which the two executives are not elected at the same time or for the same term. For example, in 1981, France elected both a Socialist+ president and legislature, which yielded a Socialist premier. But whereas the president's term of office was for seven years, the National Assembly+ only served for five. When, in the 1986 legislative election, the French people elected a right-centre Assembly, Socialist President Mitterrand+ was forced into cohabitation with rightist premier Jacques Chirac+.
However, in 2000, amendments to the French Constitution reduced the length of the French President's term from seven to five years. This has significantly lowered the chances of cohabitation occurring, as parliamentary and presidential elections may now be conducted within a shorter span of each other.
* Steven D. Roper.
* Maurice Duverger. 1978 .Échec au roi. Paris.
* Maurice Duverger. 1980.’A New Political System Model: Semi-Presidential Government’ European Journal of Political Research, (8) 2, pp. 165–87.
* Giovanni Sartori. 1997. Comparative constitutional engineering. Second edition. London: MacMillan Press.
* Horst Bahro, Bernhard H. Bayerlein, and Ernst Veser. Duverger's concept: Semi-presidential government revisited. European Journal of Political Research. Volume 34, Number 2 / October, 1998.
* Matthew Søberg Shugart. . Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. September 2005.
* Dennis Shoesmith. Timor-Leste: Divided Leadership in a Semi-Presidential System Asian Survey. March/April 2003, Vol. 43, No. 2, Pages 231–252
* J. Kristiadi. . Indonesia Outlook 2007 - Political June 30, 2008 The Jakarta Post
* Frye, T. 1997. A politics of institutional choice: Post-communist presidencies. Comparative Political Studies, 30, 523-552
* Goetz, K.H. 2006. ‘Power at the Centre: the Organization of Democratic Systems,’ in Heywood, P.M. et al.. Developments in European Politics. Palgrave Macmillan
* Arend Lijphard. 1992. Parliamentary versus presidential government. Oxford University Press
* Nousiainen, J. 2001. ‘From Semi-Presidentialism to Parliamentary Government: Political and Constitutional Developments in Finland.’ Scandinavian Political Studies 24 (2): 95-109 June
* Rhodes, R.A.W. 1995. "From Prime Ministerial Power to Core Executive" in Prime Minister, cabinet and core executive (eds) R.A.W. Rhodes and Patrick Dunleavy St. Martin's Press, pp. 11–37
* Shugart, M.S. and J.Carrey. 1992. Presidents and assemblies: Constitutional design and electoral dynamics. Cambridge University Press.
* Shugart, M.S. 2005. Semi-Presidential Systems: Dual Executive and Mixed Authority Patterns. French Politics 3 (3): 323–51
* Canas, Vitalino - “The semi-presidential system”, Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law), Band 64 (2004), number 1, p. 95-124.
* Veser, Ernst. .
Semi-presidential system+ Semi-presidentialism is a system of government in which a president exists along with a prime minister and a Cabinet, with the latter two being responsible to the legislature of a state.