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Published: 12 July 2018

286 Pages


ISBN: 9780190868895

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Fixing Democracy

Why Constitutional Change Often Fails to Enhance Democracy in Latin America

Javier Corrales

  • Propose a novel dependent variable to explain the variations of a ruling party's power across Latin American countries: power asymmetry
  • Correlates power asymmetries with net changes in formal presidential powers in 9 of the 11 constitutional texts emerging from constituent assemblies in democratic contexts since the 1980s
  • 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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