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Government Formation and Minister Turnover in Presidential Cabinets

Comparative Analysis in the Americas, 1st Edition

Edited by Marcelo Camerlo, Cecilia Martínez-Gallardo


242 pages | 59 B/W Illus.

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Portfolio allocation in presidential systems is a central tool that presidents use to deal with changes in the political and economic environment. Yet, we still have much to learn about the process through which ministers are selected and the reasons why they are replaced in presidential systems.

This book offers the most comprehensive, cross-national analysis of portfolio allocation in the Americas to date. In doing so, it contributes to the development of theories about portfolio allocation in presidential systems. Looking specifically at how presidents use portfolio allocation as part of their wider political strategy, it examines eight country case studies, within a carefully developed analytical framework and cross-national comparative analysis from a common dataset. The book includes cases studies of portfolio allocation in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Peru and Uruguay, and covers the period between the transition to democracy in each country up until 2014.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of political elites, executive politics, Latin American politics and more broadly comparative politics.

Table of Contents

1. Portfolio Allocation in the Americas [Marcelo Camerlo and Cecilia Martínez-Gallardo]

2. I Did it My Way: Portfolio Allocation in the United States (1969-2013) [Maria Escobar-Lemmon, MaryAnne Borrelli and Michelle Taylor Robinson]

3. Diverse Profiles within Single-party Cabinets: Portfolio Allocation in Costa Rica (1978-2014) [Gerardo Hernández Naranjo and Jesús Guzmán Castillo]

4. Parliamentary Style: Portfolio Allocation in Uruguay(1967-2015) [Daniel Chasquetti and Daniel Buquet]

5. Together We Govern: Portfolio Allocation in Chile (1990-2014) [Octavio Avendaño and Mireya Dávila]

6. Presidentially-led Coalitions: Portfolio Allocation in Brazil (1985-2016) [Magna Inácio]

7. Bait and Switch?: Portfolio Allocation in Colombia (1958-2014) [Luis Bernardo Mejía Guinand and Felipe Botero]

8. Cooperative but Non-Partisan: Portfolio Allocation in Peru (1980-2014) [Sofia Vera and Miguel Carreras]

9. Unilateral No Matter What: Portfolio Allocation in Ecuador (1979-2015) [Santiago Basabe-Serrano, John Polga-Hecimovich, and Andrés Mejía Acosta]

10. Portfolio Allocation in the Americas: A Recap [Cecilia Martínez-Gallardo and Marcelo Camerlo]

About the Editors

Marcelo Camerlo is Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-UL), Portugal.

Cecilia Martínez-Gallardo is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites

All political systems are governed by ruling elites – presidents, prime ministers, ministers, civil servants, judges, mayors and councillors all play important roles in running our lives, while beyond the state people are picked to run international organizations. Social elites, such as global business or media tycoons, religious or ethnic leaders, play a major role influencing public policy. The books in this series examine all such political and social elites within local, national and international arenas. We are interested in theoretical and empirical analyses of elites. Whilst elites have been studied in the past, modern computing and electronic data-collection facilities mean that for the first time comprehensive information on the personal characteristics of elites, including factors such as birthplace, age, and social and educational background, can relatively easily be gathered. We can explore the ways in which people enter the elite, the networks they form and the policies they effect. Modern techniques open up exciting opportunities to examine our governors, their actions and interactions in more detail than ever before.

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