Abstract

Ten Latin American presidents have a power that has not received the study that it deserves: the ability to make positive suggestions to vetoed bills. These "amendatory observations" return to Congress for a final round of voting. Sometimes the presidential version of the bill becomes the default alternative automatically and may require qualified majorities to be overturned. The authors analyze veto procedures in eighteen Latin American countries and argue that amendatory veto power significantly increases presidential weight in legislative decision making.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3338
Print ISSN
0043-8871
Pages
pp. 396-420
Launched on MUSE
2006-03-07
Open Access
No
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