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Author Morgenstern, Scott.
Title Patterns of legislative politics : roll call voting in Latin America and the United States / Scott Morgenstern.
Imprint Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2004]

Author Morgenstern, Scott.
Subject United States. Congress -- Voting.
Legislative bodies -- Southern Cone of South America -- Voting.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 224 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-214) and index.
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.
Note Print version record.
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.
ISBN 0511165641 (electronic bk.)
9780511165641 (electronic bk.)
9780511163715 (ebook (ebrary))
0511163711 (ebook (ebrary))
9780521820561 (hardback)
0521820561 (hardback)
9780511510328 (electronic bk.)
0511510322 (electronic bk.)
9780511164514 (electronic bk.)
0511164513 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 69403193
Additional Format Print version: Morgenstern, Scott. Patterns of legislative politics. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2004 0521820561 (DLC) 2003043027 (OCoLC)51647437.

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