Parliamentary Opposition in Non-Parliamentary Regimes: Latin America

Morgenstern, Scott; Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, and Juan Javier Negri. "Parliamentary Opposition in Non-Parliamentary Regimes: Latin America,” Journal of Legislative Studies. 2008, 14:1-2: 160-89.

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Scott J. Morgenstern

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science

Aníbal Pérez Liñán

University of Notre Dame

Juan Negri

Independent

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

While the opposition is clearly defined in a parliamentary system, the definition is murky in multiparty presidential regimes. As a result, the role of opposition parties is not always clear. In this article, therefore, we evaluate coalition politics in Latin America, firstly to analyse the presidents’ legislative support and secondly to consider the role of the opposition in lawmaking and oversight of the executive. The data suggest several conclusions. First, coalition politics in Latin America historically reduced the risk of military interventions. Second, though the opposition participates in the elaboration of laws, legislators tend to define their distinctive role as oversight, up to and including measures that force the removal of the president from office.

Keywords: Latin America, legislature, political parties

Suggested Citation

Morgenstern, Scott J. and Pérez Liñán, Aníbal and Negri, Juan, Parliamentary Opposition in Non-Parliamentary Regimes: Latin America (2008). Morgenstern, Scott; Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, and Juan Javier Negri. "Parliamentary Opposition in Non-Parliamentary Regimes: Latin America,” Journal of Legislative Studies. 2008, 14:1-2: 160-89. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2721415

Scott J. Morgenstern (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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Aníbal Pérez Liñán

University of Notre Dame

Department of Political Science
2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

Juan Negri

Independent ( email )

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