Ruling by statute : how uncertainty and vote buying shape lawmaking

Sebastián M. Saiegh

What are the main factors that allow presidents and prime ministers to enact policy through acts of government that carry the force of law? Or, simply put, when does a government actually govern? The theory presented in this book provides a major advance in our understanding of statutory policy making. Using a combination of an original analytical framework and statistical techniques, as well as historical and contemporary case studies, the book demonstrates that, contrary to conventional wisdom, variations in legislative passage rates are the consequences of differences in uncertainty, not partisan support. In particular, it shows that a chief executive's legislative success depends on the predictability of legislators' voting behavior and whether buying votes is a feasible option. From a normative standpoint, the book reveals that governability is best served when the opposition has realistic chances of occasionally defeating the executive in the legislative arena.

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  • Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction
  • Part II. Theoretical Foundations: 2. On statutory policy making
  • 3. A model of statutory policy making under uncertainty
  • Part III. Empirical Implications: 4. Measuring chief executives' statutory performance
  • 5. Patterns of statutory policy making around the world
  • 6. Political prowess or 'lady luck'?
  • 7. Buying legislators
  • 8. Electoral rules and lawmaking
  • Part IV. Normative Implications: 9. The political gap
  • Part V. Conclusions: 10. Conclusions.

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書名 Ruling by statute : how uncertainty and vote buying shape lawmaking
著作者等 Saiegh Sebastian M.
Saiegh Sebastián M.
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2011
ページ数 xiv, 234 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9781107005655
NCID BB06462597
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス