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The Architecture of DemocracyConstitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy$
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Andrew Reynolds

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246467.001.0001

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Presidentialism and Democratic Performance

Presidentialism and Democratic Performance

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(p.104) 5 Presidentialism and Democratic Performance
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The Architecture of Democracy
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José Antonio Cheibub

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199246467.003.0006

Argues that the historical pattern of democratization in Latin America requires a reconsideration of the prevailing thesis that presidentialism has caused regime instability in Latin America, and of the mechanisms allegedly responsible for presidentialism's poor performance. The purpose of the chapter is to do so by means of an empirical examination of the factors that, according to the thesis, should account for variations in the political and economic performance of presidential regimes.

Keywords:   democratization, Latin America, presidential powers

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