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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics : Legislative Politics in Latin America - Scott Morgenstern

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

Legislative Politics in Latin America

By: Scott Morgenstern (Editor), Benito Nacif (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 4th March 2002
ISBN: 9780521792196
Number Of Pages: 528

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This study explores legislative politics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Instead of beginning with an assumption that these legislatures are either rubber-stamps or obstructionist bodies, the chapters provide new data and a fresh analytical approach to describe and explain the role of these representative bodies in these consolidating democracies. For each country the book provides three chapters dedicated, in turn, to executive-legislative relations, the legislatures' organizational structure, and the policy process. The analytical focus of each section, however remains the same: the role of institutional factors (including the allocation of policy-making authority between the executive and legislative branches of government, the number of relevant parties in the legislature, and the structure of electoral incentives) in shaping the patterns of legislative behavior.

'This book is essential reading for specialists in legislative studies.' Journal of Legislative Studies '... richness and the detail of all twelve country-specific chapters cannot be summarised in this brief review ... a thorough analysis ... The structure of the book constitutes a unique and effective 'research design' ... this is an excellent work ... Cambridge University Press wisely chose to make a paperback version available, and I have successfully used the volume in an upper division undergraduate course on Latin American politics and have assigned it to my graduate students in a variety of courses.' Journal of Latin American Studies 'Legislative Politics in Latin America is an important work of reference that will be of value to researchers and postgraduates ...' Latin American Review of Books

Tables and figures
Contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
Party names and other acronyms and abbreviations
Towards a model of Latin American legislatures
Executive-Legislative Relations
Oscillating relations: president and congress in Argentina
Presidential cabinets, electoral cycles and coalition discipline in Brazil
Exaggerated presidentialism and moderate presidents: executive-legislative relations in Chile
Executive-legislative relations: the case of Mexico (1946âÇô1997)
Political Parties and Legislative Structure
Explaining the high level of party discipline in the Argentine congress
Party discipline in the chamber of deputies
Parties, coalitions and the Chilean congress in the 1990s
Understanding party discipline in the Mexican chamber of deputies: the centralized party model
Legislatures and the Policy Process
Fiscal policy making in the Argentine legislature
Progressive ambition, federalism and pork-barreling in Brazil
Appointment, re-election and autonomy in the senate of Chile
The legal and partisan framework of the legislative delegation of the budget in Mexico
Conclusions
Explaining legislative politics in Latin America
Epilogue: Latin America's reactive assemblies and proactive presidents
References
Author index
General index
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ISBN: 9780521792196
ISBN-10: 0521792193
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 4th March 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.94