Leany Barreiro / Mariana LLanos

The Politics of Senatorial Confirmations: A Comparative Study of Argentina and Brazil

GIGA Working Paper, No. 22, May 2006

Though an important function of the Latin American senates, the confirmation of presidential nominations has drawn little academic attention. This paper assesses empirically the way in which two Latin American upper chambers – the Argentine and Brazilian senates – made use of their confirmation prerogatives between 1989 and 2003, namely, if one of deference to the executive proposals or a more active role including both consultation and oversight. To do this, the article first analyses all nominations regarding outcome (confirmed, rejected and withdrawn) and length of process. Then, the similarities and differences are used to advance some explanatory hypotheses. Special attention is paid to the impact of political factors, mainly divided government, and institutional features, mainly the senates’ internal rules for the organization of the legislative work.

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Dr. Mariana Llanos

Lead Research Fellow
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Dr. Mariana Llanos ist Lead Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Lateinamerika-Studien und leitet den GIGA Forschungsschwerpunkt 1 „Verantwortlichkeit und Partizipation“. In ihrer Forschung beschäftigt sie sich mit vergleichenden politischen Institutionen, insbesondere Präsidentialismus, Amtszeitbeschränkungen und Justizpolitik. Sie leitet das von der DFG geförderte Projekt „The (In)stability of Presidential Term Limits in Africa and Latin America: Assessing the Impact of Tenure-Rule Reforms on the Political Regime“.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Mariana Llanos / Jayane Maia

Argentinien 2019: marode Wirtschaft, gestärkte Demokratie

GIGA Focus Lateinamerika, 06/2019

Mariana Llanos

The politics of presidential term limits in Argentina

in: Alexander Baturo / Robert Elgie (eds.), The politics of presidential term limits, Oxford University Press, 2019, 473-494

Mariana Llanos / Leany Lemos

Preferências Presidenciais? As indicações para o Supremo Tribunal Federal no Brasil Democrático

in: Marjorie Corrêa Marona / Andrés del Río (eds.), Justiça no Brasil: às margens da democracia, Belo Horizonte: Arraes Editores, 2018, 275-308

John M. Carey / Janvier Corrales / Mariana Llanos / Leiv Marsteintredet / Aníbal Pérez-Liñán

The threat of impeachment can push presidents out the door. But there’s a catch.

Washington Post, Monkey Cage, 2018

Sidney Chalhoub / Cath Collins / Mariana Llanos / Mónica Pachón / Keisha-Khan Y. Perry

Report of the LASA Fact-Finding Delegation on the Impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Latin American Studies Association, 2017