- About the Contributors
- Formal Models of Legislatures
- The Sociology of Legislators and Legislatures
- Typologies and Classifications
- Roll-Call Analysis and the Study of Legislatures
- Words as Data: Content Analysis in Legislative Studies
- Debate and Deliberation in Legislatures
- Interviews and Surveys in Legislative Research
- The Experimental Study of Legislative Behaviour
- Candidate Selection: Implications and Challenges for Legislative Behaviour
- The Effect of Electoral Institutions on Legislative Behaviour
- Gender and Legislatures
- Roles in Legislatures
- Legislative Careers
- Procedure and Rules in Legislatures
- The Politics of Bicameralism
- Political Parties and Legislators
- Party Discipline
- Legislative Party Switching
- Legislative Institutions and Coalition Government
- Institutional Foundations of Legislative Agenda-Setting
- Legislatures and Public Finance
- Legislatures, Lobbying, and Interest Groups
- Legislatures and Foreign Policy
- Common Agency? Legislatures and Bureaucracies
- Political Behaviour in the European Parliament
- Sub-National Legislatures
- The Study of Legislatures in Latin America
- Legislatures in Central and Eastern Europe
- Authoritarian Legislatures
- Reluctant Democrats and Their Legislatures
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Scalingmethods to evaluate the latent dimensions of political behavior and choice have had a substantial impact on our understanding of the properties of legislative roll-call voting. As interest in spatial models of legislatures has grown, these methods have been employed to operationalize theories of the role of preferences and ideology in legislative politics. Scaling procedures and ideal point estimation have enabled the evaluation of the spatial properties of voting and numerous empirical investigations of spatial theories of politics. With the advent of new techniques and more computational power, such methods have become even more widespread in comparative politics. We provide an overview of these methods and applications with a discussion of several challenges and recent developments in the field.
Royce Carroll is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rice University.
Keith T. Poole is Philip H. Alston Distinguished Chair and Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia.
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