Introduction: party, faction, and coalitions, names and abbreviations; 1. Pattern of legislative politics: identifiability and flexibility; 2. Representation and the agent system; 3. Identifying agents; 4. Influences on agent unity: discipline and cohesion; 5. Explaining voting unity; 6. Policy coalitions and agent flexibility; 7. Conclusion.
This book uses roll call data to explore legislative politics in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
"Morgenstern argues persuasively...writes clearly and details both the case for his conclusions and the limits to his claims. A pathbreaking study. Highly recommended." C.H. Blake, James Madison University, CHOICE