Neo-Madisonian Theory and Latin American Institutions
In REGIMES AND DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA, Gerardo Munck, (ed.)
48 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2009
Date Written: 2007
In this essay, we describe a conceptual framework for analyzing political institutions and party systems that we brand 'neo-Madisonian'. Neo-Madisonian theory integrates formal constitutional structure with an understanding of the incentives and context facing the actors charged with working within that structure. Using examples from Latin American presidential regimes, we argue that a neo-Madisonian approach has particularly contributed to our understanding of key features of political institutions, particularly the interaction between the separation of powers, delegation in democratic representation, and collective action among political actors.
Keywords: constitutional design, electoral systems, presidential regimes, political parties, Latin American politics
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