The pitfalls of Moldovan parliamentarism: constitution making and regime change

This thesis has to be placed within the realm of comparative politics, namely the debate over political regimes and their estimated outcomes. Although the climax of this particular academic dispute was reached in the ‘90s, the case of Moldova represents a useful and unique tool for challenging its main conclusions, in the context of the constitutional reform operated in 2000, which allegedly transformed Moldova from a semi-presidential into a parliamentary republic. After April 2009, the mechanism failed constantly and politicians invoke the possibility of returning to the previous constitutional design of the political regime. In turn, this thesis aims at explaining that the country’s current regime is distorted and that the reform initiated eleven years ago should be further consolidated.