Checking Presidential Power
Executive Decrees and the Legislative Process in New Democracies
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1. Introduction: a choice of paths behind each policy; 2. Decrees versus statutes: choice of legislative paths in separation of powers systems; 3. Institutions and institutional commitment; 4. Reinstatement of congressional decision rights: Brazil; 5. A corollary of low levels of institutional commitment: Argentina; 6. The choice of legislative paths in comparative perspective; 7. Conclusions: rules, institutional commitment, and checks on presidents.
Provides the first comparative look into executive decree authority. It explains why presidents issue decrees and why checks and balances sometimes fail.