Posted by: cousindampier | 3 March 2010

Thomas PM Barnett and Russia

For a guy whose job was “outsourced to history”, he always provides pointed analysis of Russia.

Russia is a fascinating place because of the nation-state model it provides – the split presidency and prime minister is fascinating (though that could be because of who is in charge, which may or may not be Putin). The semi-presidential system isn’t used worldwide, but it is notably used by France and Russia. While the split form of government divides powers extensively (when the two individuals are from opposing parties, the President controls foreign policy and the PM domestic policy), I can’t imagine it is any worse off than the American system of government where 60 votes in the Senate is needed to pass most legislation.

Also, if you get a President and PM elected from the same party, you most likely have a pretty substantial majority.


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