Presidential Veto Powers

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Published: 
1 May 2015
Language: 
English
Pages: 
18
Author(s): 
W. Elliot Bulmer
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Since the presidential veto power can play such a vital role in executive-legislative relations, those involved in designing a constitution need to consider whether the president should have a veto power, and, if so, on what grounds and under what circumstances it may be used.

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

What is the issue?

Nature and purposes of the veto power

Basic design options

Additional design considerations

Contextual considerations

Alternatives to the presidential veto

Decision-making questions

References, resources and further reading

Media