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Party Discipline in the Brazilian Constitutional Congress

Mainwaring, Scott and Pérez-Liñán, Aníbal (1997) Party Discipline in the Brazilian Constitutional Congress. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 22 (4). 453 - 483. ISSN 0362-9805

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This paper focuses on 1988 roll-call votes in the 1987-88 Brazilian Constitutional Congress in an analysis of party discipline within the Congress. Because of the large number (1021) of roll-call votes during the Constitutional Congress and the availability of an excellent database, the Brazilian Constitutional Congress offers an opportunity for one of the most detailed studies ever conducted on party discipline in a third-world legislature. We begin by discussing how we calculated discipline scores, given some distinctive features of the Brazilian party system and the Constitutional Congress. We show that the biggest Brazilian parties of this period were comparatively undisciplined, and we also show that the leftist parties were a powerful exception to this general tendency. We demonstrate that legislators who switched parties during the Constitutional Congress were more likely than others to be undisciplined before switching, and that their discipline increased markedly after their move to new parties. Finally, we attempt to explain why discipline was low in all but the leftist parties.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Mainwaring, Scott
Pérez-Liñán, Aníbal
Date: November 1997
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume: 22
Number: 4
Publisher: Comparative Legislative Research Center
Page Range: 453 - 483
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0362-9805
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Article Type: Research Article
Additional Information: Reprinted as: “Disciplina Partidária: O Caso da Constituinte,” Lua Nova (44): 107-136 (Brazil, 1998).
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 16:11
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:01


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