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Parliamentary opposition in non-parliamentary regimes: Latin America

Morgenstern, S and Negri, JJ and Pérez-Liñán, A (2008) Parliamentary opposition in non-parliamentary regimes: Latin America. Journal of Legislative Studies, 14 (1-2). 160 - 189. ISSN 1357-2334

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While the opposition is clearly defined in a parliamentary system, the definition is murky in multiparty presidential regimes. As a result, the role of opposition parties is not always clear. In this article, therefore, we evaluate coalition politics in Latin America, firstly to analyse the presidents' legislative support and secondly to consider the role of the opposition in lawmaking and oversight of the executive. The data suggest several conclusions. First, coalition politics in Latin America historically reduced the risk of military interventions. Second, though the opposition participates in the elaboration of laws, legislators tend to define their distinctive role as oversight, up to and including measures that force the removal of the president from office. © 2008, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Morgenstern, Sscott_morgenstern@pitt.eduSMORGENS
Negri, JJ
Pérez-Liñán, A
Date: 1 January 2008
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Legislative Studies
Volume: 14
Number: 1-2
Page Range: 160 - 189
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/13572330801921166
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1357-2334
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 20:43
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2020 12:55


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