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Author Saiegh, Sebastián M., 1970-
Title Ruling by statute : how uncertainty and vote buying shape lawmaking / Sebastián M. Saiegh.
Imprint Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Author Saiegh, Sebastián M., 1970-
Subject United States. Congress -- Voting.
Legislative bodies -- Voting.
Legislators -- United States.
Legislation -- United States.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 234 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Summary "What are the main factors that allow presidents and prime ministers to enact policy through acts of government that carry the force of law? Or, simply put, when does a government actually govern? The theory presented in this book provides a major advance in our understanding of statutory policy making. Using a combination of an original analytical framework and statistical techniques, as well as historical and contemporary case studies, the book demonstrates that contrary to conventional wisdom variations in legislative passage rates are the consequences of di erences in uncertainty, not partisan support. In particular, it shows that a chief executives legislative success depends on the predictability of legislators voting behavior and whether buying votes is a feasible option. From a normative standpoint, the book reveals that governability is best served when the opposition has realistic chances of occasionally defeating the executive in the legislative arena"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-226) and index.
Contents Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction -- Part II. Theoretical Foundations: 2. On statutory policy making; 3. A model of statutory policy making under uncertainty -- Part III. Empirical Implications: 4. Measuring chief executives' statutory performance; 5. Patterns of statutory policy making around the world; 6. Political prowess or 'lady luck'?; 7. Buying legislators; 8. Electoral rules and lawmaking -- Part IV. Normative Implications: 9. The political gap -- Part V. Conclusions: 10. Conclusions -- Part VI. Appendices.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139078665 (electronic bk.)
1139078666 (electronic bk.)
9781139080934 (e-book)
1139080938 (e-book)
OCLC # 738434102
Additional Format Print version: Saiegh, Sebastián M., 1970- Ruling by statute. Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011 9781107005655 (DLC) 2011002456 (OCoLC)697808343

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