… a core concept in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100

Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972

Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972, 33rd President of the United States

Concept description

Bakvis and Wolinetz (reference below, p. 216) describe presidentialism as a form of government with three essential characteristics:

  1. the political irresponsibility of the executive to the legislature,
  2. a popularly elected head of government, and
  3. unipersonal executive responsibility.
Atlas topic, subject, and course

Machinery of Government (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.


Herman Bakvis and Steven B. Wolinetz (2005), “Canada: Executive Dominance and Presidentialization,” in The Presidentialization of Politics: A Comparative Study of Modern Democracies, eds. Thomas Poguntke and Paul Webb, pp. 200-219. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 23 August 2016.

Image: Cropped from an image of the official White House portrait, Wikipedia, Harry S. Truman, at, accessed 23 August 2016.