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date: 24 November 2020

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This book is about legislatures and legislative studies. It outlines theoretical approaches in legislative studies, including formal modeling and, in particular, game-theoretic approaches. It examines the social relations within parliaments (insider relations) and the relations between parliaments and society (insider-outsiderrelations), as well as the historical evolution of legislative typologies and classification schemes, the rapidly evolving methods and techniques employed in the study of legislatures, political behavior and legislative roll-call voting, the role of debate and deliberation within legislatures, and the use of surveys and interviews in legislative studies. It also discusses candidate selection and its consequences for legislative politics, the relationship between electoral systems and legislative behavior, the psychological effects of electoral institutions, how legislative careerism affects legislative capacity, the internal organizational structure and rules of legislative organization, bicameralism and the significance of legislative committees, the connections between party cohesion and discipline, and the relations between interest groups and legislators. In addition, the book looks at the evolution of the European Parliament, legislative politics in Latin America, and the strength of legislatures in the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe.

Keywords: legislatures, legislative studies, parliaments, political behavior, legislative politics, electoral institutions, legislative careerism, bicameralism, European Parliament, Latin America

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