Presidential Powers: Legislative Initiative and Agenda-setting

This publication is only available in electronic format
Published: 
1 October 2015
Language: 
English
Pages: 
20
Author(s): 
W. Elliot Bulmer

This Primer concerns presidential leadership and proactive legislative and agenda-setting powers in democracies where the president is popularly elected and has substantial governing powers, either as a chief executive in a presidential system (as in Brazil, Colombia, Kenya and the United States) or as a head of state in a semi-presidential system (as in France).

International IDEA’s Constitution-Building Primers are designed to assist in-country constitution-building or constitutional-reform processes by helping citizens, political parties, civil society organisations, public officials, and members of constituent assemblies make wise constitutional choices.

They also provide guidance for staff of intergovernmental organizations and other external actors working to provide well-informed, context-relevant support to local decision-makers. 

Contents

Overview

Content and scope

What is the issue?

Proactive presidential legislative powers

Other aspects of presidential–legislative relations

Avoiding hyper-presidentialism

Decision-making questions

References and further reading

Media