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From the Publisher"Party discipline is a key element in Westminster systems and Kam makes a major step forward in formalizing our understanding of this. An exceedingly thoughtful book."
Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside
"This is a landmark text in the study of comparative parliamentary behaviour. It is the first book to develop and test a micro-level theory of internal party politics in parliaments using roll-call data from several parliaments. If Kam is right, that parliamentary parties are no-longer unitary actors and that party cohesion is fragile and conditional, this calls into question much of the established wisdom about how parliamentary government works."
Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
"This is a major work. It brings the study of dissent in Westminster-style parliaments from anecdotage to data, and from data to analysis."
Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Oxford University
"Among the work's strengths is its thoughtful, logical model, along with the author's clear and helpful guidance in testing key ideas through sophisticated statistical analyses...This book is mandatory reading for all serious students of institutional politics, and also probably will prove quite useful in senior methodology and research design courses."
Political Science Quarterly, Cristine de Clercy, University of Western Ontario