Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll-Call Voting in Latin by Scott Morgenstern

By Scott Morgenstern

Utilizing the U.S. as a foundation of comparability, this booklet makes huge use of roll name facts to discover styles of legislative politics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. It extends examine touching on celebration and legislative politics via a close research of vote casting styles of events, factions, and alliances in Latin America's Southern Cone and contrasts this knowledge with the us. Scott Morgenstern unearths that the U.S. events have exhibited better degrees of harmony yet much less flexibility in recent times.

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The seventh and concluding chapter then summarizes the findings, provides a schematic comparative view of the legislative patterns in the five countries with regard to identifiability and flexibility, and discusses avenues for future research. CY259-04 0 521 82056 1 June 17, 2003 10:9 2 Representation and the Agent System Representation requires that voters choose delegates and then hold them accountable for their actions. This relationship implies that the delegates act as agents of the voters.

3 See, for example, Kiewiet and McCubbins (1991). CY259-04 0 521 82056 1 June 17, 2003 10:9 Parties, Factions, and Alliances 29 As it encompasses both representation and legislative decision making, the agent system is inseparable from discussions of legislative politics. The lobbying system, for example, looks very different where individual legislators are not seen as agents. S. president would waste little time on rank-and-file legislators if it were not for their independence. Further, the shape and stability of policy coalitions are very much a function of whether individuals independently decide to join, or whether party or faction leaders can line up their ducks and keep them in a row.

With this data she argued that presidents have had more support than is commonly recognized. With regards to Brazil and Uruguay, Amorim Neto (2002) and Altman (2000a), respectively, have taken up this issue as well. The former has focused on the importance of cabinet membership to legislative support of the president, and the latter has begun to theorize about coalition formation and survival in presidential regimes. There has also been new work focusing on internal party dynamics, though little on factionalism per se.

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