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Legislative Institutions and Ideology in Chile : Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions - John B. Londregan

Legislative Institutions and Ideology in Chile

Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

Hardcover Published: 11th February 2000
ISBN: 9780521770842
Number Of Pages: 292

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The 1980s and 1990s have seen several authoritarian governments voluntarily cede power to constitutionally elected democratic governments. John Londregan uses Chile as a case study of this phenomenon, exploring what sorts of guarantees are required for those who are ceding power and how those guarantees later work out in practice. He constructs an analytical model of a democratic transition and provides a new statistical technique for analyzing legislative votes, based on a detailed empirical analysis of Chile's legislative politics.

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Advance praise: 'Londregan's book poses a powerful question: to what extent does a quasi-democratic constitution crafted by a military government constrain a liberal electorate from enacting laws consistent with their preferences? In answering this question, Londregan combines state-of-the-art methodology with a deep understanding of the Chilean case. The scintillating analysis of legislative politics in the final chapter is proof positive that high-tech statistical methods are a tool, not a barrier, to compelling narrative. I recommend this book to all comparativists.' David Latin, Stanford University Advance praise: 'Londregan's study is pathbreaking in an astonishing number of ways. In the course of demonstrating that Chile's dictatorship established subtle constraints that continue to impinge on the legislative process in democratic Chile, he carries off conceptual and methodological innovations that will shape the way we study legislatures and presidents around the globe. Any remaining barrier between comparative politics, American politics and methodology are shattered by this remarkable study.' Susan Stokes, University of Chicago

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Ideology and valence
Accident and force
Legislative institutions in the constitution of 1980
Roll-call votes and senate committees
The Labor committee
The Education committee
The Constitution committee
Legislative politics and Chile's transition toward democracy
Conclusion
Appendix: Estimating preferences from voting records
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521770842
ISBN-10: 052177084X
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 11th February 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.1  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.53

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