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Published: 26 June 2018

286 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190868895

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Fixing Democracy

Why Constitutional Change Often Fails to Enhance Democracy in Latin America

Javier Corrales

  • Offers one of the most comprehensive studies of the origins and results of constitutional change and constituent assemblies in Latin America since the transition to democracy in the 1980s
  • Proposes a novel dependent variable to explain variations in presidential power : power asymmetry between the Incumbent president and the Opposition
  • Correlates power asymmetries with net changes in formal presidential powers in 9 of the 11 constitutional texts emerging from constituent assemblies and a number of constitutional reforms
  • Supports the conclusion that constitutions that expand presidential powers significantly, in defiance of the Opposition, are paradoxically, more likely to generate governance problems

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