A Politics of Institutional Choice

  title={A Politics of Institutional Choice},
  author={Timothy Frye},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={523 - 552}
  • Timothy Frye
  • Published 1997
  • Economics
  • Comparative Political Studies
This work uses incomplete contracting theory to account for variation in the specific and residual powers of post-Communist presidencies. It uses evidence from 24 post-Communist countries to test theories of institutional choice that link presidential powers to economic reform, institutional legacies, party systems, and social cleavages. It argues that two factors can account for variation in presidential powers: the bargaining power of the electoral favorite and the degree of uncertainty over… Expand
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