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Tall, grande, or venti : presidential powers in the United States and Latin America

Groß, prächtig oder Luftblase : Präsidentschaftsmacht in den USA und in Lateinamerika
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Morgenstern, Scott; Polga-Hecimovich, John; Shair-Rosenfield, Sarah

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Abstract "Comparative constitutional studies rank the US president as relatively weak and most Latin American presidents as strong. However, specialized studies suggest that US presidents have great abilities to implement their agendas. The authors argue that presidents with weak formal powers 'reinforce' their ability to impose an agenda (scope), as well as their ability to make those decisions stick (force). These reinforced powers, however, have diminishing returns as formal powers rise. As a result, the sum of presidential powers ranges from high (the US) to very high (Latin America)." (author's abstract)
Keywords United States of America; Latin America; president; presidential system; political domination; power; competence; responsibility allocation; political decision; influence; decision making leeway; constitution; constitutional law; North America
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Political System, Constitution, Government
Method descriptive study; empirical; qualitative empirical; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 37-70
Journal Journal of Politics in Latin America, 5 (2013) 2
ISSN 1868-4890
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works