Presidents, Parliaments, and Policy

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Advocates of parliamentary rule have been highly critical of presidentialism for dividing powers and providing the opportunity for gridlock between branches. Yet the great theorists of presidential rule saw in the same institutions a desirable combination of strong leadership with checks on executive discretion. These diverse assessments arise because we have surprisingly little comparative work on how presidential democracies function. The essays in this volume show, through case studies from Asia, Latin America, and Central Europe, how presidential democracies deal with the challenges of economic reform.
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"A useful contribution." Perspectives on Political Science

"This book brings together a superb group of collaborators." American Political Science Review

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1. Introduction: political institutions and the determinants of public policy Stephan Haggard and Mathew D. McCubbins; Part I. Theory: 2. The institutional determinants of economic policy outcomes Gary W. Cox and Mathew D. McCubbins; 3. Institutions and public policy in presidential systems Matthew S. Shugart and Stephan Haggard; Part II. Budgetary Policy Cases: 4. Budget procedure and fiscal restraint in post-transition Chile Lisa Baldez and John M. Carey; 5. Political institutions and public policy in Argentina: an overview of the formation and execution of the National Budget Mark P. Jones; 6. Democracy and deficits in Taiwan: the politics of fiscal policy, 1986–96 Tun-jen Cheng and Stephan Haggard; Part III. Regulatory Policy Cases: 7. Political institutions and economic development: the case of electric utility regulation in Argentina and Chile William B. Heller and Mathew D. McCubbins; 8. Power politics: elections and electricity regulation in Taiwan Stephan Haggard and Gregory W. Noble; 9. Privatization in transition economies: politics as usual? Philip Keefer and Mary Shirley; 10. Conclusion: policymaking in presidential systems Stephan Haggard, Mathew D. McCubbins and Matthew Shugart.
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