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Legislative Institutions and Lawmaking in Latin America$
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Eduardo Alemán and George Tsebelis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777861.001.0001

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Parliamentary Agenda Setting in Latin America

Parliamentary Agenda Setting in Latin America

The Case of Mexico

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(p.148) 6 Parliamentary Agenda Setting in Latin America
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Legislative Institutions and Lawmaking in Latin America
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Ma. Amparo Casar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777861.003.0006

Using a database of all bills and roll call votes (1997–2012), the author analyzes the agenda setting power of the president and its ability to push or block bills vis-à-vis that of Congress. The chapter contends that agenda setting power and success of bills depend primarily on the rules that distribute power among branches of government and structure the bill-to-law process as well as on the distribution of seats in Congress. It also argues against the idea that in a context of minority governments deadlock is the rule and opposition parties systematically work against presidential bills. In contrast with other Latin American experiences the case of Mexico reveals that negotiations within its three-party system have led not to governmental coalitions but to oversized parliamentary coalitions. The study also shows that, contrary to what happened during the years of single-party dominance, presidential bills are subject to major amendments.

Keywords:   Mexico, agenda setting, minority government, coalition building, ideology, lawmaking, congress

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