Description - Legislative Voting and Accountability by John M. Carey
Legislatures are the core representative institutions in modern democracies. Citizens want legislatures to be decisive, and they want accountability, but they are frequently disillusioned with the representation legislators deliver. Political parties can provide decisiveness in legislatures, and they may provide collective accountability, but citizens and political reformers frequently demand another type of accountability from legislators - at the individual level. Can legislatures provide both kinds of accountability? This book considers what collective and individual accountability require and provides the most extensive cross-national analysis of legislative voting undertaken to date. It illustrates the balance between individualistic and collective representation in democracies, and how party unity in legislative voting shapes that balance. In addition to quantitative analysis of voting patterns, the book draws on extensive field and archival research to provide an extensive assessment of legislative transparency throughout the Americas.
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Author Biography - John M. Carey
John M. Carey (born December 15, 1964) is the John Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. He has taught at the Universidad Catolica de Chile, the University of Rochester, Washington University in St. Louis, Harvard University, and at the Fundacion Juan March in Madrid, Spain. Carey's most recent books are Term Limits in the State Legislatures (2000, with Richard Niemi and Lynda Powell), Executive Decree Authority (1998, with Matthew Shugart), and Term Limits and Legislative Representation (1996). He has also published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as chapters in more than a dozen edited volumes.