Charlotte Heyl / Mariana Llanos

Sequences of Presidential-Term-Limit Reforms: Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa

Democratization | 2022

  • GIGA Focus Lateinamerika | 4/2022

    Chile’s Constitutional Reform Process Rebooted

    Obwohl eine große Mehrheit in Chile für eine neue Verfassung ist, haben 62 Prozent derjenigen, die am Referendum am 4. September teilgenommen haben, den vom demokratisch gewählten Verfassungskonvent ausgearbeiteten Vorschlag abgelehnt. Das Ringen um eine neue Verfassung geht damit in die nächste Runde.

    Democratization | Taylor and Francis | 2022

    Special Issue: Contested, Violated but Persistent: Presidential Term Limits in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

    The term limits of presidents as a crucial institutional feature to safeguard democracy have often been contested by incumbents. The authors of this special issue argue that bringing together knowledge on Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa provides new empirical and theoretical insights.

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.08.2017 - 31.07.2021

    The (In)stability of Presidential Term Limits in Africa and Latin America: Assessing the Impact of Tenure-Rule Reforms on the Political Regime

    Many countries in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa (re-)introduced term limits during the third wave of democratization as a democratic safeguard against personal rule and power abuses. Since then, term limits have been contested by a plethora of reform attempts. In this project, we take a longitudinal view on these sometimes recurrent reforms and analyse their repercussions for institutionalization, democratization and autocratization.
    DFG, 2017-2021

    Elena Martínez Barahona

    Markus Böckenförde

    Julia Leininger

    Timothy Power


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