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

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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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"Morgenstern argues persuasively...writes clearly and details both the case for his conclusions and the limits to his claims. A pathbreaking study. Highly recommended." C.H. Blake, James Madison University, CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521820561
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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
1 Patterns of Legislative Politics: Identifiability and Flexibility 1
2 Representation and the Agent System 26
3 Identifying Agents 41
4 Influences on Agent Unity: Discipline and Cohesion 85
5 Explaining Voting Unity 115
6 Policy Coalitions and Agent Flexibility 139
7 Conclusion 188
Bibliography 203
Subject Index 215
Author Index 222
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