Legislative Politics in Latin America

Legislative Politics in Latin America

by Scott Morgenstern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521792193

ISBN-13: 9780521792196

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This theoretically inspired study explores legislative politics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Instead of beginning with an assumption that these legislatures are either rubber-stamps or obstructionist bodies, the chapters provide new data and a fresh analytical approach to describe and explain the role of these representative bodies in these consolidating…  See more details below

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This theoretically inspired study explores legislative politics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Instead of beginning with an assumption that these legislatures are either rubber-stamps or obstructionist bodies, the chapters provide new data and a fresh analytical approach to describe and explain the role of these representative bodies in these consolidating democracies. For each country the book provides three chapters dedicated, in turn, to executive-legislative relations, the legislatures' organizational structure, and the policy process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521792196
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgments
Party Names and Other Acronyms and Abbreviations
1Towards a Model of Latin American Legislatures1
Pt. IExecutive-Legislative Relations
2Oscillating Relations: President and Congress in Argentina23
3Presidential Cabinets, Electoral Cycles, and Coalition Discipline in Brazil48
4Exaggerated Presidentialism and Moderate Presidents: Executive-Legislative Relations in Chile79
5Executive-Legislative Relations: The Case of Mexico (1946-1997)114
Pt. IIPolitical Parties and Legislative Structure
6Explaining the High Level of Party Discipline in the Argentine Congress147
7Party Discipline in the Chamber of Deputies185
8Parties, Coalitions, and the Chilean Congress in the 1990s222
9Understanding Party Discipline in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies: The Centralized Party Model254
Pt. IIILegislatures and the Policy Process
10Fiscal Policy Making in the Argentine Legislature287
11Progressive Ambition, Federalism, and Pork-Barreling in Brazil315
12Appointment, Reflection, and Autonomy in the Senate of Chile341
13The Legal and Partisan Framework of the Legislative Delegation of the Budget in Mexico377
Pt. IVConclusions
14Explaining Legislative Politics in Latin America413
15Epilogue: Latin America's Reactive Assemblies and Proactive Presidents446
References469
Author Index493
General Index497

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