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date: 24 January 2020

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This chapter focuses on legislatures and legislative politics in Latin America. It reviews the literature on representative assemblies (during the current democratic era), including member activities inside or outside the institution, members’ relationship to other political institutions, and their effect on public policy. It also considers the so-called electoral connection—the relationship between legislators and their constituency—as well as cameral politics, or politics as it is conducted in the chamber itself, including roll-call voting and the work of legislative committees. Finally, it examines the relations between the legislative and executive branches, with emphasis on the ability of presidents to initiate and prioritize legislation and presidential decree authority.

Keywords: legislatures, legislative politics, Latin America, representative assemblies, legislators, constituency, roll-call voting, legislative committees, presidents, legislation

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