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Bureaucratic Appointments in Argentina

Negri Malbrán, Juan J (2015) Bureaucratic Appointments in Argentina. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Studying the appointment process is essential for understanding the way modern bureaucracies interrelate with politics. In Latin America, bureaucracies have traditionally operated more as arms of the elected officials rather than an as professionals who are autonomous from the political process. In this dissertation, I explain that this politicization and its effects are defined by the process by which bureaucrats are appointed. The power to appoint bureaucrats is one of the president’s most important powers and is vital to the latter’s administrative power and policy influence. Given its importance, this dissertation explores the dynamics of presidential appointments to the bureaucracy by analyzing a database of more than thirty thousand presidential decrees and determining when the president decides to appoint an individual to a position (Minister, Deputy Minister, Secretary, Undersecretary or lower echelons). Exploring, describing and explaining how the President utilizes this political tool is a fascinating way of grasping how executives build political support in Argentina.
In short, this dissertation is concerned with defining the logic of bureaucratic politicization. Using quantitative and qualitative information, a central finding of the study is that, at least in Argentina, presidents use their appointment power to build coalitions among party factions. In other cases presidents would face cross-party pressures, but in the Argentine context I show that the president uses the appointments to build intra-party support.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Negri Malbrán, Juan Jjjn7@pitt.eduJJN7
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMorgenstern, Scottsmorgens@pitt.eduSMORGENS
Committee MemberPeters, B. Guybgpeters@pitt.eduBGPETERS
Committee MemberPérez-Liñán, Aníbal asp27@pitt.eduASP27
Committee MemberPicard, Louispicard@pitt.eduPICARD
Date: 27 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 5 August 2015
Approval Date: 27 September 2015
Submission Date: 7 August 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 254
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bureaucracy, Public Policy, Politicization, Latin American Politics, Argentina, Executives
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2015 23:04
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:29


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