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Political Institutions, Policymaking Processes, and Policy Outcomes in Paraguay, 1954-2003

Molinas, José and Pérez-Liñán, Aníbal and Saiegh, Sebastián (2002) Political Institutions, Policymaking Processes, and Policy Outcomes in Paraguay, 1954-2003. Directory of Open Access Journals, 24 (2). 67 - 93. ISSN 0716-1417

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This paper characterizes the evolution of Paraguay's policymaking process (PMP) between 1954 and 2003. We present an overview of the PMP under the rule of Alfredo Stroessner (1954-89) and explore the institutional setting emerging after 1989. We discuss how the Colorado Party progressively broke up into several factions and characterize the distinctive patterns of policymaking that emerged after the adoption of the 1992 Constitution. We hypothesize that the presence of a large number of veto players has made policy change more difficult and that legislators are inclined to pursue particularistic policies. In order to test those hypotheses we rely on a database containing virtually every bill introduced in Congress since April of 1992. Our conclusions suggest that the current Paraguayan PMP may be flexible for the provision of particularistic benefits, but rigid for the approval of broad regulatory or redistributive policies.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Molinas, José
Pérez-Liñán, Aníbal
Saiegh, Sebastián
Date: 2002
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Directory of Open Access Journals
Volume: 24
Number: 2
Publisher: Revista de Ciencia Política
Page Range: 67 - 93
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0716-1417
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 20:44
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:01


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