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Legislatures and Legislators

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ISBN13: 9781855213579
ISBN: 1855213575
Published: October 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Hardback
Price: £225.00

Legislatures are constitutionally-established bodies with one core defining function, that of giving binding assent to measures of public policy, that assent being given on behalf of a body that extends beyond those responsible for drawing up the policy.;This volume aims to bring together journal articles that can further the understanding of legislatures as essential dymanic complex bodies. Part one comprises articles which have, to some extent, advanced our knowledge of the different relationships that exist within a legislature, the first two articles draw out the party components of a legislature and the relevance of the size of those components in government formation, and show the importance of numbers in gaining and holding power, but also the significance of ideology. It is an exposition of the different political groupings that can and do exist and the number and complexity of relationships between those groupings.;The second part of the text looks at the literature that explores the extent to which differences within legislatures are determined by institutional structures, rules and norms. The final part looks at the relationship traditionally covered by the literature, that of the legislature to the making of the law. The articles presented aim to serve three purposes. One is to draw out the compexity of legislature, the second is to provide the reader with the principal articles within themes derived from this primary purpose, and the third is to serve as a prompt to further research.

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Part 1 Legislatures - the complexity of legislatures: party systems and government stability (American Political Science Review), Michael Taylor, V.M. Herman (1971); the durability of coalition governments in parliamentary democracies (Comparative Political Studies), Paul Warwick (1979); modes of executive-legislative relations - Great Britain, France, and West Germany (Legislative Studies Quarterly), Anthony King (1976). Institutionalization: The institutionalization of the U.S. House of Representatives (American Political Science review), Nelson W. Polsby (1968); the learning of legislative norms (American Political Science Review), Herbert B. Asher (1973); a rational choice perspective on congressional norms (American Journal of Political Science), Barry R. Weingast (1979); rules of the game in Britain - can the politicians be trusted? (American Political Science Review), Donald D. Searing (1982). Legislators and legislation: who makes our laws? the legislative effectiveness of members of the U.S. Congress (Legislative Studies Quarterly), Stephen Frantzich (1979); the fate of policy analysis in congressional decision making - three types of use in committees (Western Political Quarterly), David Whiteman (1985); institutional rules and legislative outcomes in the Italian Parliament (Legislative Studies Quarterly), Giuseppe Di Palma (1976); the institutional foundations of committee power (American Political Science Review), Kenneth A. Shepsle, Barry R. Weingast (1987); restrictive legislative procedures in France and the United States (American Political Science Review), John D. Huber (1992); exploring a new role in policy making - the British House of Commons in the 1970s (American Political Science Review), John E. Schwarz.
Part 2 Legislators - independence of legislators: models of legislative voting (Journal of Politics), John W. Kingdon (1977)
party voting in the United States Congress (British Journal of Political science), Samuel C, Patterson, Gregory A. Caldeiras; ""the lady's not for turning"" but what about the rest? Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party 1979-89 (Parliamentary Affairs), Philip Norton. Legislators as representatives: the role of the representative - some empirical observations on the theory of Edmund Burke (American Political Science Review), Heinz Eulau et al (1959); constituency influence in Congress (American Political Science review), Warren E. Miller, donald E. Stokes; representatives' perception of constituency opinion (Journal of Politics), Ronald D. Hedlund, H. Paul Friesema (1972). (Part contents).