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Party discipline and parliamentary politics [electronic resource] /
Christopher J. Kam.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
description
xi, 265 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521518296 (hbk.), 9780521518291 (hbk.)
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
isbn
0521518296 (hbk.)
9780521518291 (hbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8369840
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 248-260) and index.
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"Among the work's strengths is its thoughtful, logical model, along with the author's clear and helpful guidance in testing key ideas through sophisticated statistical analyses...This book is mandatory reading for all serious students of institutional politics, and also probably will prove quite useful in senior methodology and research design courses." Political Science Quarterly, Cristine de Clercy, University of Western Ontario
'… a very important contribution to the study of legislatures. It is also an excellent example of the recent theoretical and empirical advances in the study of parliamentary politics in the UK … Kam's …empirical analyses are careful and convincing. His use of particular episodes of parliamentary life to test his hypotheses is particularly engaging. In addition, [his] comparative approach is one of the great strengths of his book; by harnessing evidence from various contexts, he can provide a firm footing for his theoretical arguments … [this] book fits well into [the] revival of interest in parliaments in Westminster systems and deserves to be widely read by anyone wishing to understand how legislatures work. Most importantly, the book suggests new avenues for further research into the activities of MPs and how voters respond to them.' Markus Wagner, Parliamentary Affairs
'Party discipline is a key element in Westminster systems and Kam makes a major step forward in formalizing our understanding of this. An exceedingly thoughtful book.' Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside
"Party discipline is a key element in Westminster systems and Kam makes a major step forward in formalizing our understanding of this. An exceedingly thoughtful book." Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside
Review of the hardback: 'Party discipline is a key element in Westminster systems and Kam makes a major step forward in formalizing our understanding of this. An exceedingly thoughtful book.' Shaun Bowler, University of California, Riverside
Review of the hardback: 'This is a landmark text in the study of comparative parliamentary behaviour. It is the first book to develop and test a micro-level theory of internal party politics in parliaments using roll-call data from several parliaments. If Kam is right, that parliamentary parties are no-longer unitary actors and that party cohesion is fragile and conditional, this calls into question much of the established wisdom about how parliamentary government works.' Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
Review of the hardback: 'This is a major work. It brings the study of dissent in Westminster-style parliaments from anecdotage to data, and from data to analysis.' Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Oxford University
Review of the hardback: 'This well-written book combines detailed descriptions with statistical analyses, making it an asset for scholars and practitioners of legislative behaviour.' Political Studies Review
"This is a landmark text in the study of comparative parliamentary behaviour. It is the first book to develop and test a micro-level theory of internal party politics in parliaments using roll-call data from several parliaments. If Kam is right, that parliamentary parties are no-longer unitary actors and that party cohesion is fragile and conditional, this calls into question much of the established wisdom about how parliamentary government works." Simon Hix, Professor of European and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science
'This is a major work. It brings the study of dissent in Westminster-style parliaments from anecdotage to data, and from data to analysis.' Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Oxford University
"This is a major work. It brings the study of dissent in Westminster-style parliaments from anecdotage to data, and from data to analysis." Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Oxford University
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This work examines the relationship between party leaders and Members of Parliament in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, showing how the two sides interact and sometimes clash.
Description for Bookstore
The decline of partisanship among voters has strengthened incentives for MPs to act independently of their parties and made it harder for party leaders to maintain discipline within their parties. This 2009 book studies the underlying structure of party unity and examines the interaction and contention between party leaders and MPs.
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The decline of partisanship among voters has strengthened incentives for MPs to act independently of their parties and made it harder for party leaders to maintain discipline within their parties. This book studies the underlying structure of party unity and examines the interaction and contention between party leaders and MPs.
Main Description
One of the chief tasks facing political leaders is to build and maintain unity within their parties. Party Discipline and Parliamentary Politics examines the relationship between party leaders and Members of Parliament in Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, showing how the two sides interact and sometimes clash. Christopher J. Kam demonstrates how incentives for MPs to dissent from their parties have been amplified by a process of partisan dealignment that has created electorates of non-partisan voters who reward shows of political independence. Party leaders therefore rely on a mixture of strategies to offset these electoral pressures, from offering MPs advancement to threatening discipline, and ultimately relying on a long-run process of socialization to temper their MPs' dissension. Kam reveals the underlying structure of party unity in modern Westminster parliamentary politics, and drives home the point that social norms and socialization reinforce rather than displace appeals to MPs' self-interest.
Main Description
One of the chief tasks facing political leaders is to build and maintain unity within their parties. This 2009 text examines the relationship between party leaders and Members of Parliament in Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, showing how the two sides interact and sometimes clash. Christopher J. Kam demonstrates how incentives for MPs to dissent from their parties have been amplified by a process of partisan dealignment that has created electorates of non-partisan voters who reward shows of political independence. Party leaders therefore rely on a mixture of strategies to offset these electoral pressures, from offering MPs advancement to threatening discipline, and ultimately relying on a long-run process of socialization to temper their MPs' dissension. Kam reveals the underlying structure of party unity in modern Westminster parliamentary politics, and drives home the point that social norms and socialization reinforce rather than displace appeals to MPs' self-interest.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. vi
List of tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
A model of intra-party politicsp. 21
Patterns of backbench dissent in four Westminster parliamentary systems, 1945-2005p. 38
Policy preferences and backbench dissent in Great Britain and Canadap. 75
Dissent, constituency service, and the personal vote in Great Britain and New Zealandp. 103
The cost of dissent to the partyp. 130
Demotion and dissent in the Canadian Liberal Party, 1991-1997p. 150
Discipline and dissent in the Australian Coalition, 1996-1998p. 169
Career trajectories, socialization, and backbench dissent in the British House of Commonsp. 189
Conclusionp. 205
Comparative statics and proofsp. 211
Content and construction of ideological scalesp. 228
Sampling and coding of media dissent and disciplinep. 238
Demotion and the parliamentary careers of Canadian MPsp. 243
Referencesp. 248
Indexp. 261
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