Thomas Sedelius Anna Fruhstorfer, Freie Universität Berlin Vesa Koskimaa, Tampere University Maarika Kujanen, Tampere University Gianluca Passarelli, Sapienza University, Rome Sapienza University, Rome
The project examines the links between presidential activism, policy-making capacity, and regime legitimacy. Drawing on top-level interviews, data on presidential behaviour, expert survey, and public opinion surveys, it asks what are the consequences of presidential
activism for policy-making and the stability and legitimacy of political regimes. Institutionalized coordination mechanisms between the two executives should result in lower intra-executive conflict and thus higher policy-making capacity which in turn should produce stronger public trust in political institutions. Considering the challenges facing semi-presidential countries, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, the lessons drawn from this project also benefit practitioners involved in questions of institutional design. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland for four years (2020-2024).