Legislative Politics in Latin America


Legislative Politics in Latin America

This theoretically inspired 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.


 Reviews:

"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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