Legislatures Comparative Perspectives on Representative Assemblies

ISBN-10: 0472067907
ISBN-13: 9780472067909
Edition: 2002
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Description: Although a great deal is known about the United States Congress, the differences and similarities between it and the legislatures and parliaments of other countries have not been extensively studied. This book--by a distinguished group of  More...

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 7/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

Although a great deal is known about the United States Congress, the differences and similarities between it and the legislatures and parliaments of other countries have not been extensively studied. This book--by a distinguished group of legislative specialists from ten countries--fills this gap by presenting legislative research from a comparative, cross-national perspective. Consisting of fourteen essays, this volume incorporates major areas of legislative research, including studies of recruitment of legislators and an overview of their careers, the evolution of legislatures, and the electoral systems by which legislatures are chosen. Each contributor reviews the principal research findings and emphasizes those concepts and methods that facilitate comparative research. The book assesses the state of knowledge in regard to U.S., European, Asian, and Latin American legislatures. The introductory chapter by the editors identifies how to comparatively test research findings while taking into account data availability and questions of conceptual equivalence. Each chapter provides an extensive bibliography, making the book an excellent guide to literature on legislative research. The contributors are David T. Canon, John M. Carey, Gary W. Cox, Frantisek Formanek, John R. Hibbing, Ewa Karpowicz, Junko Kato, Sadafumi Kawato, Michael Laver, Gary F. Moncrief, Chan Wook Park, Werner J. Patzelt, Bjorn Erik Rasch, Kenneth A. Shepsle, Steven S. Smith, and Rick K. Wilson. This book is designed for faculty and graduate students in political science and will also be of interest to members of legislative research staffs in this country and overseas, and to specialists on legislatures in history and law. Gerhard Loewenberg is University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Political Science. D. Roderick Kiewiet is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Political Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. Peverill Squire is Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa.

Gerhard Loewenberg is University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, and Director of its Comparative Legislative Research Center. He has authored or edited key works on comparative legislatures and legislative research and received the APSA's 2001 Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service.

Preface
The Implications of the Study of the U.S. Congress for Comparative Legislative Research
Legislative Careers: Why and How We Should Study Them
Recruitment and Retention in U.S. Legislatures
Recruitment and Retention in Western European Parliaments
Recruitment and Retention of Legislators in Brazil
Electoral Systems and the Representation of Minority Interests in Legislatures
The Study of Japan's Medium-Sized District System
Divided Parties, Divided Government
Positive Theories of Congressional Parties
On the Effects of Legislative Rules
Parliamentary Floor Voting Procedures and Agenda Setting in Europe
Transitional Governance in the United States: Lessons from the First Federal Congress
Politicians, Bureaucrats, and Interest Groups in Japan: Transformation from One-Party Predominance or Not?
Change Is Short but Continuity Is Long: Policy Influence of the National Assembly in Newly Democratized Korea
Legislative Autonomy in New Regimes: The Czech and Polish Cases
Assessing Comparative Legislative Research
Contributors
Index

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