Tall, Grande, or Venti: Presidential Powers in the United States and Latin America

Morgenstern, Scott; John Polga and Sarah Shair-Rosenfield. "Tall, Grande, or Venti: Presidential Powers in the United States and Latin America." 2013. Journal of Politics in Latin America, 5.2

Posted: 25 Jan 2016

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Scott J. Morgenstern

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

John Polga-Hecimovich

United States Naval Academy - Department of Political Science

Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

Arizona State University (ASU)

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Comparative constitutional studies rank the US president as relatively weak and most Latin American presidents as strong. However, specialized studies suggest that US presidents have great abilities to implement their agendas. We argue that presidents with weak formal powers “reinforce” their ability to impose an agenda (scope), as well as their ability to make those decisions stick (force). These reinforced powers, however, have diminishing returns as formal powers rise. As a result, the sum of presidential powers ranges from high (the US) to very high (Latin America).

Keywords: Executive-Legislative Relations, Decree Powers Presidentialism, Latin America

Suggested Citation

Morgenstern, Scott J. and Polga-Hecimovich, John and Shair-Rosenfield, Sarah, Tall, Grande, or Venti: Presidential Powers in the United States and Latin America (2013). Morgenstern, Scott; John Polga and Sarah Shair-Rosenfield. "Tall, Grande, or Venti: Presidential Powers in the United States and Latin America." 2013. Journal of Politics in Latin America, 5.2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2721037

Scott J. Morgenstern (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science ( email )

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John Polga-Hecimovich

United States Naval Academy - Department of Political Science ( email )

Annapolis, MD
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www.johnpolga.com

Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

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Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

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