Decree Power in Parliamentary Systems: Theory and Evidence from India

  title={Decree Power in Parliamentary Systems: Theory and Evidence from India},
  author={Madhav S. Aney and Shubhankar Dam},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={1432 - 1449}
Decree powers are common to presidential systems; they are rarely found in parliamentary ones. We analyze decree powers in one such rare setting: India. We show that bicameral minority governments in India systematically use ordinances to circumvent parliament and prosecute their legislative agendas. They promulgate more ordinances, enact less legislation, and often repromulgate lapsed ordinances. These patterns suggest that, with bicameral minority governments, the locus of lawmaking shifts to… 


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