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Author Morgenstern, Scott.

Title Patterns of legislative politics : roll call voting in Latin America and the United States / Scott Morgenstern
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 224 pages)
Contents Patterns of legislative politics : identifiability and flexibility -- Representation and the agent system -- Identifying agents -- Influences on agent unity : discipline and cohesion -- Explaining voting unity -- Policy coalitions and agent flexibility -- Conclusion
Summary "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."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-214) and index
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Subject United States. Congress -- Voting.
Legislative bodies -- Southern Cone of South America -- Voting.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003043027
ISBN 0511163711 (ebook (ebrary)
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