Making Sound Out of Fury: Using Vetoes for Posturing in Chile and in Mexico

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Eric Magar

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) - Political Science Department

Date Written: August 15, 2001

Abstract

Two case histories of vetoes as publicity stunts are developed. In Chile president Frei forced the opposition from the right to frustrate labor reform for a second time; this occurred just days before the 1999 presidential election. In Mexico the opposition (incl. the PAN) prepared a bacon-ridden bill for the PRI to veto, either by the Senate or by the executive. The PRI-controlled Senate froze the bill just weeks before the 2000 presidential election. Immediately upon presidential inauguration the new opposition (incl. the PRI) passed the bill in the Senate to force a veto by the new president from the PAN. This reversal of roles is hard to interpret otherwise than as publicity.

Keywords: veto, position taking, separation of power

JEL Classification: D72, D74

Suggested Citation

Magar, Eric, Making Sound Out of Fury: Using Vetoes for Posturing in Chile and in Mexico (August 15, 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1400409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1400409

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