Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics: Legislative Politics in Latin America (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics: Legislative Politics in Latin America (Hardback)

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Hardback 528 Pages / Published: 04/03/2002
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This study, first published in 2002, 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 interesting 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521792196
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 940 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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
"This work represents the best of edited volumes in the field, combining a sophisticated array of empirically grounded case studies by country experts within a tightly elaborated theoretical framework." Latin American Research Review
"Morgenstern and Nacif have brought together diverse Latin American specialists to examine the changing roles of legislatures in Latin America as the process of democratization has swept the region in recent decades.... Morgenstern and Nacif have produced a valuable, effectively structured study, employing theory and case studies to support their thesis. This work belongs in all academic libraries with Latin America collections, primarily for researchers and graduate students as the process of democratization continues to deepen and change the dynamics of Latin American politics." Choice
"This work belongs in all academic libraries with Latin America collections, primarily for researchers and graduate students as the process of democratization continues to deepen and change the dynamics of Latin American politics." Choice
"Scott Morgenstern and Benito Nacif's edited book makes a major contribution to the comparative study of legislatures...[Their] book does an excellent job of laying out a theory of how party, electoral, and executive institutions and the political career ambitions of deputies produce different modes of executive-legislative relations. In so doing they have moved forward the comparative study of legislatures. They also contribute in a rigorous, analytical, data-rich fashion to our understanding of how institutions influence democratic consolidation and the conditions under which the 'perils of presidentialism' are likely to obtain." Perspectives on Politics

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