Coronavirus and Presidentialism: Potential Effects on Latin American Governments

Presidents monopolise the administration of the agenda, but responses to the crisis differ between countries.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Although the spread of the novel coronavirus in Latin America and the response of the countries are diverse, a common approach to the strategy pursued by the various governments is evident. In particular, there is a strong emphasis on presidentialism.

Presidents have monopolized the administration of the agenda, which in today's uncertain moment has provided security and leadership (with a few exceptions). Leaders are investing much of their political capital, prioritizing the new health agenda during the coronavirus threat.

What characterizes the Latin American case is the fact that this commitment to centralize the discourse . . .

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