Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll-Call Voting in Latin America and the United States / Edition 1

Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll-Call Voting in Latin America and the United States / Edition 1

by Scott Morgenstern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521820561

ISBN-13: 9780521820561

Pub. Date: 10/31/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Using the United States as a basis of comparison, this book makes extensive use of roll-call data to explore patterns of legislative politics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The patterns are defined by the extent to which parties, factions, delegations, or alliances - what the author collectively terms 'legislative agents' - are unified in their voting and…  See more details below

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Using the United States as a basis of comparison, this book makes extensive use of roll-call data to explore patterns of legislative politics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The patterns are defined by the extent to which parties, factions, delegations, or alliances - what the author collectively terms 'legislative agents' - are unified in their voting and hence are collectively identifiable to voters as being responsible for policy decisions. Then, to develop an indicator of the second central pattern, the book examines the propensity of the legislative agents to form policy coalitions with one another. It shows that agents in Chile and to some extent Uruguay are more coalitional than in Argenta and Brazil, but there is evidence that the agents work with one another in these latter countries as well. The U.S. parties have exhibited an important shift, moving from low levels of unity and frequent bipartisanship toward considerably higher levels of unity and more frequent polarization. In explaining patterns, the book considers the effects of the electoral system, legislators' ideology, cabinet membership, and other variables.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521820561
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
Party, Faction, and Coalition Names and Abbreviations
1Patterns of Legislative Politics: Identifiability and Flexibility1
2Representation and the Agent System26
3Identifying Agents41
4Influences on Agent Unity: Discipline and Cohesion85
5Explaining Voting Unity115
6Policy Coalitions and Agent Flexibility139
7Conclusion188
Bibliography203
Subject Index215
Author Index222

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