- 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
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.
Brian F. Crisp is Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.
Constanza F. Schibber is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis.
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