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Dimensions Of Legislative Conflict: Coalitions, Obstructionism, And Lawmaking In Multiparty Presidential Regimes, Taeko Hiroi, Lucio Renno Dec 2013

Dimensions Of Legislative Conflict: Coalitions, Obstructionism, And Lawmaking In Multiparty Presidential Regimes, Taeko Hiroi, Lucio Renno

Taeko Hiroi

This article addresses central issues in multiparty presidential systems: the functioning of legislative coalitions and the dynamics of legislative conflict. Since electoral competition has elements of both positive-sum (increase in common support) and zero-sum (exact division of the support) qualities, lawmaking in coalitional systems presents unique challenges. Using legislative data from Brazil, we examine how coalition management and unity affect legislative delay and obstructionism. We find, among others, that: (1) coalition management is pivotal for both faster legislative approval and less obstructionism, but its effect depends on coalition size; and (2) cohesive opposition impedes the legislative process.


The Role Of Society In The Peace Process Of The Basque Country, Andrea Bartoli Ph.D. Dec 2013

The Role Of Society In The Peace Process Of The Basque Country, Andrea Bartoli Ph.D.

Andrea Bartoli

This article looks at a peace-building model used in Basque country. Despite ongoing acts of terror and forced silence, Basque society found peaceful solutions through cultural, social, and economic development. The following research, based on interviews and questionnaires, demonstrates a bottom-up approach to peace in the Basque region. In this case, peace was unsustainable from a law-and-order perspective; legal action was not enough to maintain order. This study demonstrates the significance of social networks and the level of trust built into these networks. It concludes with a reflection on the unique nature of the Basque journey towards peace.


The Chinese Dream: Concept And Context, Zheng Wang Dec 2013

The Chinese Dream: Concept And Context, Zheng Wang

Zheng Wang

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