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The executive toolbox: building legislative support in a multiparty presidential regime

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  • Pereira, Carlos
  • Power, Timothy J.
  • Raile, Eric D.

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How do presidents win legislative support under conditions of extreme multipartism? Comparative presidential research has offered two parallel answers, one relying on distributive politics and the other claiming that legislative success is a function of coalition formation. We merge these insights in an integrated approach to executive-legislative relations, also adding contextual factors related to dynamism and bargaining conditions. We find that the two presidential 'tools' – pork and coalition goods – are substitutable resources, with pork functioning as a fine-tuning instrument that interacts reciprocally with legislative support. Pork expenditures also depend upon a president’s bargaining leverage and the distribution of legislative seats.

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  • Pereira, Carlos & Power, Timothy J. & Raile, Eric D., 2010. "The executive toolbox: building legislative support in a multiparty presidential regime," Textos para discussão 235, FGV/EESP - Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
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    1. Pablo T. Spiller & Ernesto H. Stein & Mariano Tommasi & Carlos Scartascini & Lee J. Alston & Marcus André Melo & Bernardo Mueller & Carlos Pereira & Cristóbal Aninat & John Londregan & Patricio Navia , 2008. "Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies," IDB Publications (Books), Inter-American Development Bank, number 40178 edited by Ernesto H. Stein & Mariano Tommasi & Pablo T. Spiller & Carlos Scartascini, February.
    2. Lee J. Alston & Bernardo Mueller, 2006. "Pork for Policy: Executive and Legislative Exchange in Brazil," Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 22(1), pages 87-114, April.
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