## Legislative Coalition Size and Antigovernment Protests in Latin America

2017
Journal article
Published
##### Published in
Journal of Politics in Latin America ; 9 (2017), 3. - pp. 91-120. - Sage Publishing. - ISSN 1866-802X. - eISSN 1868-4890
##### Abstract
This work examines whether the size, as well as the composition, of legislative coalitions is an additional factor that affects the incidence of protests against national governments in Latin America. Based on aggregate data for 18 democracies from 1980 to 2014, the analysis reveals that the relationship between the size of legislative coalitions in the lower house of national assemblies and the odds of antigovernment protests is U-shaped. Specifically, the odds of antigovernment protests occurring decrease until the president has a coalition comprising 50–55 percent of the national assembly; once this threshold is passed, the odds of protests taking place increase as the coalition grows. This result holds after controlling for the party composition of the governing coalition and other factors previously linked to the occurrence of antigovernment protests. The evidence thus indicates that both minority and supermajority scenarios can be socially destabilizing for Latin American democracies.
320 Politics
##### Keywords
Latin America, executive-legislative relations, presidential-ism, political participation, antigovernment protests, América Latina, relaciones ejecutivo-legislativo, presidencialismo, participación política, protestas antigubernamentales
##### Cite This
ISO 690LOPEZ GARCIA, Ana Isabel, 2017. Legislative Coalition Size and Antigovernment Protests in Latin America. In: Journal of Politics in Latin America. Sage Publishing. 9(3), pp. 91-120. ISSN 1866-802X. eISSN 1868-4890. Available under: doi: 10.1177/1866802X1700900304
BibTex
@article{LopezGarcia2017Legis-52245,
year={2017},
doi={10.1177/1866802X1700900304},
title={Legislative Coalition Size and Antigovernment Protests in Latin America},
number={3},
volume={9},
issn={1866-802X},
journal={Journal of Politics in Latin America},
pages={91--120},
author={Lopez Garcia, Ana Isabel}
}

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