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Author Calvo, Ernesto.

Title Legislator success in fragmented congresses in Argentina : plurality cartels, minority presidents, and lawmaking / Ernesto Calvo
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Contents 1. Plurality parties, plurality cartels, and legislative success; Part I. Plurality Cartels and Legislative Success: 2. Party blocs, committee authorities, and plurality cartels: the Argentine Congress as an institution driven by consent; 3. A statistical model of legislative success; Part II. Legislative Success and the Sequential Organization of the Legislative Process: 4. Electoral institutions and legislative fragmentation in Argentina: an overview; 5. Legislator success and the committee system in the Argentine House; 6. On the plenary floor: special motions, vanishing quorum, and the amendment of the plenary schedule; 7. Legislative success and legislative productivity in a divided congress; Part III. Beyond Plurality Cartels: 8. The determinants of the president's legislative success; 9. Plurality-led congresses with limited gatekeeping authority: the House of Representatives in Uruguay; 10. Concluding remarks: plurality-led congresses as a research agenda
Summary "Plurality-led Congresses are among the most pervasive and least studied phenomena in presidential systems around the world. Often conflated with divided government, where an organized opposition controls a majority of seats in congress, plurality-led congresses are characterized by a party with fewer than 50 percent of the seats still in control of the legislative gates. Extensive gatekeeping authority without plenary majorities, this book shows, leads to policy outcomes that are substantially different from those observed in majority-led congresses. Through detailed analyses of legislative success in Argentina and Uruguay, this book explores the determinants of law enactment in fragmented congresses. It describes in detail how the lack of majority support explains legislative success in standing committees, the chamber directorate, and the plenary floor"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Argentina. Congreso de la Nación.
Uruguay. Asamblea General.
Argentina. Congreso de la Nación.
Uruguay. Asamblea General.
Legislative power -- Argentina
Legislative power -- Uruguay
Representative government and representation -- Argentina.
Representative government and representation -- Uruguary
Legislative power.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- Legislative Branch.
Politics and government.
Representative government and representation.
Argentina -- Politics and government -- 2002-
Uruguay -- Politics and government -- 1985-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1107588022