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Divided Government in Comparative Perspective$
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Robert Elgie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295650.001.0001

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Squaring Off: Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador

Squaring Off: Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador

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(p.40) 3 Squaring Off: Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador
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Divided Government in Comparative Perspective
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Monica Barczak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198295650.003.0003

Divided government has been virtually the norm in Ecuador since the demise of the last military regime in 1979, as a result of both historical experience and political institutions, particularly electoral rules. It appears in several forms thanks to these rules, which allow a mixed‐party presidential ticket, the survival of many small parties, and a small assembly. Relations between executive and legislature are best described as ‘muddling through’, with some presidential powers balanced by the legislature's powers of scrutiny and possible impeachment.

Keywords:   divided government, Ecuador

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