Squaring Off: Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador

Monica Barczak

in Divided Government in Comparative Perspective

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780198295655
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599149 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 Squaring Off: Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador

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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

Chapter.  10307 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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