Leany Barreiro Lemos LEANY BARREIRO LEMOS Mariana Llamos MARIANA LLAMOS

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LEMOS, Leany Barreiro  and  LLAMOS, Mariana. On reactive legislatures: the politics of presidential nominations in Argentina and Brazil (1989-2003).Translated byLeany Barreiro Lemos,  Mariana Llamos. Rev. bras. ciênc. soc. [online]. 2008, vol.4Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0102-6909.

This paper assesses empirically how the Argentine and Brazilian senates performed their confirmation prerogatives between 1989 and 2003, arguing that both senates did not merely deferred to the executive branch, a common assumption on the scholarly works on oversight in new democracies. Instead, they had a more active role in which anticipation, consultation and oversight has taken place. We analysed all nominations in the two countries regarding outcome (confirmed, rejected and withdrawn) and length of process (number of days of the bill on table), and advanced some explanatory hypotheses based on political factors (divided government) and institutional features (statutory rules).

Keywords : horizontal accountability ; nomination process ; Latin America; legislatures ; oversight.

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