Comparative Legislative Behavior

Eric M. Uslaner and Thomas Zittel

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Comparative Legislative Behavior

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This article talks about the increase in polarization and heightened partisanship in the United Sates Congress. This is where party leaders firmly control the agenda and where voters in congressional elections are more likely to divide along party lines. It also looks at the constituency demands in parliamentary systems before focusing on the changing role of political parties in legislative institutions, both parliamentary and congressional. One section examines the structural and behavioral roots of legislative behavior, along with the impact of different institutions. The article also includes a discussion of the varying relations between legislators and constituents and the varying informal rules of the game.

Keywords: United States Congress; constituency demands; parliamentary systems; legislative institutions; legislative behavior; partisanship; comparative legislative behavior

Article.  8060 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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