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The Fall of the Dominant Presidency: Lawmaking under Divided Government in Mexico

Benito Nacif

in The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195377385
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195377385.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Fall of the Dominant Presidency: Lawmaking under Divided Government in Mexico

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This article studies lawmaking under a divided Mexican government. It begins with the argument that the transition to democracy has weakened the conditions that made centralization of power in the presidency possible. It shows that the president of Mexico is one of the least powerful in Latin America, based on his constitutional powers to influence policy outcomes and encourage congressional action. It then notes the changes in lawmaking patterns and presents a model for the new era of divided government.

Keywords: lawmaking; divided government; centralization of power; constitutional powers; lawmaking patterns

Article.  11980 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Regional Political Studies

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