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Divided Government in Comparative Perspective$
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Robert Elgie

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295650.001.0001

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Squaring Off: Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador

Squaring Off: Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador

(p.40) 3 Squaring Off: Executives and Legislatures in Ecuador
Divided Government in Comparative Perspective

Monica Barczak

Oxford University Press

Divided government has been virtually the norm in Ecuador since the demise of the last military regime in 1979, as a result of both historical experience and political institutions, particularly electoral rules. It appears in several forms thanks to these rules, which allow a mixed‐party presidential ticket, the survival of many small parties, and a small assembly. Relations between executive and legislature are best described as ‘muddling through’, with some presidential powers balanced by the legislature's powers of scrutiny and possible impeachment.

Keywords:   divided government, Ecuador

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