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Legislative Institutions and Lawmaking in Latin America$
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Eduardo Alemán and George Tsebelis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777861.001.0001

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Agenda Setting and Lawmaking in Uruguay

Agenda Setting and Lawmaking in Uruguay

(p.199) 8 Agenda Setting and Lawmaking in Uruguay
Legislative Institutions and Lawmaking in Latin America

Daniel Chasquetti

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the distribution of legislative agenda setting power in Uruguay. It analyzes the legislative authority of the executive and the allocation of agenda setting power within Congress. The findings confirm the importance of the institutional powers of the executive, which give the president a prominent role in the lawmaking process. However, the chapter also underlines how presidents have been constrained by the need to negotiate legislative support with actors who do not necessarily hold the same preferences and are not necessarily in the opposition. Using data from the period 1995–2010, the analysis shows that legislators amend a large proportion of government bills and that this is usually a response to the need to establish agreements within Congress. Although executives use their prerogatives, such as vetoes, to try to mitigate the impact of some of these amendments, Congress is still able to influence the direction of policy change.

Keywords:   Uruguay, congress, presidents, congressional rules, vetoes, political parties

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