The Paradox of the Veto in Mexico (1917-1997)

24 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2012

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Eric Magar

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

Jeffrey A. Weldon

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Date Written: September 6, 2001

Abstract

We report work in progress. Existing explanations of veto incidence do not seem to account for the case of classic Mexico. Proceedings of the Chamber of Deputies from 1917 to 1963 report that Mexican presidents returned at least 223 bills to Congress instead of signing them into law. This level of veto incidence is puzzling from numerous theoretical perspectives. For Mexicanists hardly any executive veto should have taken place after 1936, when iron discipline to the mandates of the president was consolidated with the end of the diarquía. For similar reasons, those who explain vetoes on the mistaken evaluations of members of Congress over presidential preferences have little bite on the explanation of Mexico’s vetoes: the president was the leader of the congressional party. Those who explain vetoes as attempts to publicize politicians’ positions in contrast with those of vetoing actors would need to take into account the fact that election politics was never undertaken by campaigning against the incumbent president.

Keywords: executive-legislative relations, veto, Mexico

JEL Classification: D72, D74

Suggested Citation

Magar, Eric and Weldon, Jeffrey A., The Paradox of the Veto in Mexico (1917-1997) (September 6, 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1991099 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1991099

Eric Magar (Contact Author)

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Jeffrey A. Weldon

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) ( email )

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Mexico City, D.F. 01000, Federal District 01080
Mexico

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