orgtheory quiz #3: andorran politics

This one goes out to “Jerry” in Ann Arbor, a very special orgtheorist…

What form of executive leadership does Andorra have? Who is the head of state?

Andorra is a parliamentary democracy with a coregency, which means that a prime minister answers to two monarchs. The prince/sses of Andorra are the French head of state (Nicolas Sarkozy) and the Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia, Spain (Joan Sicilias).

Written by fabiorojas

January 20, 2010 at 4:39 am

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  1. Interesting question with an odd answer. You had me running to the CIA Factbook, which provides the following on the executive branch:

    chief of state: French Coprince Nicolas SARKOZY (since 16 May 2007); represented by Christian FREMONT (since September 2008) and Spanish Coprince Bishop Joan-Enric VIVES i SICILIA (since 12 May 2003); represented by Nemesi MARQUES i OSTE (since 30 July 2003)
    head of government: Executive Council President Jaume BARTUMEU Cassany (since 5 June 2009)
    cabinet: Executive Council or Govern designated by the Executive Council president
    elections: Executive Council president elected by the General Council and formally appointed by the coprinces for a four-year term; election last held 26 April 2009 (next to be held in April-May 2013)
    election results: Jaume BARTUMEU CASSANY elected executive council president; percent of General Council vote – NA

    This presents some interesting questions about how disagreement between the coprinces’ delegates get settled. Are there other two-veto systems out there?



    January 20, 2010 at 4:51 am

  2. My assumption that the co-principalities are mainly ceremonial at this point, much in the same way the the British monarch no longer directly manages British affairs. Any Andorra specialists out there wish to correct me?



    January 20, 2010 at 5:30 am

  3. Dang. I read that as “Andorian politics” and spent far too long trying to figure out how Nicolas Sarkozy fit into an obscure Star Trek joke.



    January 20, 2010 at 6:24 am

  4. JP – I’m sure Fabio could find a way to make those two fit.



    January 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm

  5. Brayden, the connection is simple: 30% of Andorra’s GDP is from tourists who think it’s a Star Trek theme park.



    January 20, 2010 at 6:06 pm

  6. Just was reading about this. I wish a student in my comparative law and justice course would study Andorra so I have an excuse to learn more…



    January 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm

  7. That was Andorra-licious! But I must admit the Star Trek references are even more obscure to me than sports references.


    Jerry Davis

    January 21, 2010 at 4:01 am

  8. Given how much fun this was, why are there only 3 Org Theory quizzes?



    January 26, 2010 at 3:54 am

  9. Jordi: We only choose the very best orgtheory factoids. It takes time!



    January 26, 2010 at 4:12 am

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