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Populism and the erosion of horizontal accountability in Latin America


Ruth, Saskia P (2018). Populism and the erosion of horizontal accountability in Latin America. Political Studies, 66(2):356-375.

Abstract

This article explores which factors enable or hinder populist presidents in Latin America to pursue a radical strategy of institutional change and induce the erosion of horizontal checks and balances. Applying an actor-centred approach, the article focuses on specific constellations in the political arena that shape populist presidents’ incentives and their ability to engage in institutional change. Three conditions are considered to be most decisive: the absence of unified government between the executive and the legislature, the existence of a ‘power vacuum’ in the political arena and the distribution of public support. Using configurational analyses, different causal paths explaining the presence or absence of the erosion of horizontal accountability are identified.

Abstract

This article explores which factors enable or hinder populist presidents in Latin America to pursue a radical strategy of institutional change and induce the erosion of horizontal checks and balances. Applying an actor-centred approach, the article focuses on specific constellations in the political arena that shape populist presidents’ incentives and their ability to engage in institutional change. Three conditions are considered to be most decisive: the absence of unified government between the executive and the legislature, the existence of a ‘power vacuum’ in the political arena and the distribution of public support. Using configurational analyses, different causal paths explaining the presence or absence of the erosion of horizontal accountability are identified.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:horizontal accountability, Latin America, liberal democracy, populism
Language:English
Date:May 2018
Deposited On:23 Apr 2018 15:45
Last Modified:23 Apr 2018 15:55
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0032-3217
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321717723511

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