Jonathan Hartlyn

89 Texas L. Rev. 1977

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Professor Hartlyn identifies a research agenda in response to symposium contributions about constitutional structures in Latin America.  He wonders what the proper analytical focus is for understanding presidentialism in the region.  He sees value in a comparative case study which examines the structure and function of presidential powers, including budgetary authority.  Professor Negretto’s article fills some of the gap with its systematic empirical analysis of convergence of executive functions across several dimensions.  Hartlyn concludes that regional politics in Latin America is as much about the rules as political conflict associated with them.