Party Discipline and Parliamentary Politics

Party Discipline and Parliamentary Politics

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by Christopher J. Kam
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107402697

ISBN-13: 9781107402690

Pub. Date: 07/21/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

One of the chief tasks facing political leaders is to build and maintain unity within their parties. This text examines the relationship between party leaders and Members of Parliament in Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, showing how the two sides interact and sometimes clash. Christopher J. Kam demonstrates how incentives for MPs to dissent from their

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One of the chief tasks facing political leaders is to build and maintain unity within their parties. This text examines the relationship between party leaders and Members of Parliament in Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, showing how the two sides interact and sometimes clash. Christopher J. Kam demonstrates how incentives for MPs to dissent from their parties have been amplified by a process of partisan dealignment that has created electorates of non-partisan voters who reward shows of political independence. Party leaders therefore rely on a mixture of strategies to offset these electoral pressures, from offering MPs advancement to threatening discipline, and ultimately relying on a long-run process of socialization to temper their MPs' dissension. Kam reveals the underlying structure of party unity in modern Westminster parliamentary politics, and drives home the point that social norms and socialization reinforce rather than displace appeals to MPs' self-interest.

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ISBN-13:
9781107402690
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/21/2011
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. A model of intra-party politics; 3. Patterns of backbench dissent in four Westminster parliamentary systems, 1945–2005; 4. Policy preferences and backbench dissent in Great Britain and Canada; 5. Dissent, constituency service, and the personal vote in Great Britain and New Zealand; 6. The cost of dissent to the party; 7. Demotion and dissent in the Canadian Liberal Party, 1991–7; 8. Discipline and dissent in the Australian Coalition, 1996–8; 9. Career trajectories, socialization, and backbench dissent in the British House of Commons; 10. Conclusion; Appendix 1. Comparative statics and proofs; Appendix 2. Content and construction of ideological scales; Appendix 3. Sampling and coding of media dissent and discipline; Appendix 4. Demotion and the parliamentary careers of Canadian MPs; References; Index.

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