Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching

Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching

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Political Parties and Legislative Party Switching

Political parties and democratic politics go hand in hand. Since parties matter, it matters too when elected politicians change party affiliation. This book shows why, when, and to what effect politicians switch parties in pursuit of their goals, as constrained by institutions and in response to their environments.

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ISBN-13: 9780230607552
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William B. Heller is Associate Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University. His research focuses on political institutions, primarily legislative, but covers topics as varied as, among others, bicameralism, the evolution of cooperation, coalition unity, and party discipline. Heller has published articles in a number of journals, most recently including the American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Public Choice, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Carol Mershon is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Mershon's research examines intraparty competition, the dynamics of party systems, the politics of multiparty government, and legislative politics. Her most recent book is The Costs of Coalition (Stanford University Press, 2002). Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and the Journal of Politics, among others.

Table of Contents

Preface List of Tables and Figures PART I:THE IMPORTANCE OF PARTY SWITCHING Introduction: Legislative Party Switching, Parties, and Party Systems; W.B.Heller & C.Mershon Integrating Theoretical and Empirical Models of Party Switching; W.B.Heller & C.Mershon PART II: PARTY SWITCHING AND REPRESENTATION Switching Equilibria; N.Schofield Party Switching and the Procedural Party Agenda in the US House of Representatives; T.P.Nokken Party Switching in Brazil: Causes, Effects, and Representation; S.Desposato PART THREE: PARTY SWITCHING, PARTY COMPETITION, AND POLICY MAKING Party Group Switching in the European Parliament; G.McElroy & K.Benoit Legislator Preferences, Party Desires: Party Switching and the Foundations of Policy Making in Legislatures; W.B.Heller & C.Mershon Timing Matters: Incentives for Party Switching and Stages of Parliamentary Cycles; C.Mershon & O.Shvetsova PART FOUR: PARTY SWITCHING AND THE DYNAMICS OF PARTY SYSTEMS Competition for Power: Party Switching and Party System Change in Japan; J.Kato & K.Yamamoto Party Switching, Party Systems, and Political Representation; M.Kreuzer & V.Pettai Conclusions; W.B.Heller & C.Mershon Notes References Contributors Index

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