Legislative Institutions and Ideology in Chile

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The 1980s and 1990s have seen several authoritarian governments voluntarily cede power to constitutionally elected democratic governments. John Londregan uses Chile as a case study of this phenomenon, exploring what sorts of guarantees are required for those who are ceding power and how those guarantees later work out in practice. He constructs an analytical model of a democratic transition and provides a new statistical technique for analyzing legislative votes, based on a detailed empirical analysis of Chile's legislative politics.

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"Londregan's book poses a powerful question: to what extent does a quasi-democratic constitution crafted by a military government constrain a liberal electorate from enacting laws consistent with their preferences? In answering this question, Londregan combines state-of-the-art methodology with a deep understanding of the Chilean case. The scintillating analysis of legislative politics in the final chapter is proof positive that high-tech statistical methods are a tool, not a barrier, to compelling narrative. I recommend this book to all comparativists." David Laitin, Stanford University

"Londregan's study is pathbreaking in an astonishing number of ways. In the course of demonstating that Chile's dictatorship established subtle constraints that continue to impinge on the legislative process in democratic Chile, he carries off conceptual and methodological innovations that will shape the way we study legislatures and presidents around the globe. Any remaining barrier between comparative politics, American politics, and methodology are shattered by this remarkable study." Susan Stokes, University of Chicago

""Londregan's bookcontains much to recommend it. The powerful combination of formal modeling, statistics, and case analysis should serve notice of what can be accomplished by scholars of Latin American politics. Given Londregan's backgroud in U.S. politics, his work not only informs students of Latin America but also tests assumptions based largely on theoretical and empirical work on the United States." Latin American Politics & Society

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Ideology and valence; 2. Accident and force; 3. Legislative institutions in the constitution of 1980; 4. Roll-call votes and senate committees; 5. The Labor committee; 6. The Education committee; 7. The Constitution committee; 8. Legislative politics and Chile's transition toward democracy; Conclusion; Appendix: estimating preferences from voting records; Bibliography; Index.

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