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Executive Decree Authority by John M. Carey, Matthew Soberg Shugart

By John M. Carey, Matthew Soberg Shugart

While Boris Yeltsin calls out the tanks and shells parliament, or whilst he pins medals on veterans, either acts are known as government decrees, yet we don't comprehend either to be an identical examples of govt discretion over policymaking. Executives more and more take (or are given) the authority to behave with no concurrent legislative motion. This booklet bargains a concept of political associations that predicts while executives may still flip to decree and whilst legislatures should still accept--or even prefer--this approach to making coverage. vast case experiences display how decree has been used and abused in generally diverse political environments.

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8 In January 1990 Menem issued NUD 36/90, which ruled that bank term deposits would be paid back not in cash but in Treasury Bills. The government's need for a sympathetic Court grew with the increasing number of suits against the Central Bank as a result of NUD 36/90 (Pagina 12 2/1/90). It would have been a setback for the executive's economic plan if the Court ruled NUD 36/90 invalid. Finally, on April 5, 1990, the Chamber of Deputies passed Law 23,774, a government bill expanding the Court from five to nine members (Baglini, D'Ambrosio, and Orlandi 1993:41).

Entails the idea of accountability, that the 'delegate' is held responsible for the ways in which s/he acts . . Delegative democracy does not per se deny the notion of accountability, but it does not possess the level of institutionalization that facilitates it" (Kubicek 1994:424). There are conditions, however, under which it is not wildly unrealistic - for example, in the case when a disciplined majority party controls the assembly. In such a case, the party is not unitary — there is an internal decision-making process that takes into account differences of opinion within the party — but once the party arrives at its positions, the assembly preference follows as the preference of the (now united) majority party.

Again, the attractiveness of this solution will depend on the prospects for agency loss. Agency loss. For any type of decree, the potential for executive action to damage legislators' interests will depend first on the degree to which the executive's policy preferences converge with those of a legislative majority, and second on the other institutional resources available to legislators to control the executive. On the first count, we regard partisan support for the executive as the best indicator (across various systems) of whether preferences converge.

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