This series brings together the most significant journal articles to appear in the field of comparative politics over the past 30 years. The aim is to render readily accessible to teachers, researchers and students an extensive range of essays which, together, provide an indispensable basis for understanding both the established conceptual terrain and the new ground being broken in the rapidly changing field of comparative political analysis. This series is divided into three major sections: Institutional Studies, Thematic Studies and Country Studies.
Contents: Legislatures: The Complexity of Legislatures: Party systems and government stability, Michael Taylor and V.M. Herman; The durability of coalition governments in parliamentary democracies, Paul Warwick; Modes of executive-legislative relations: Great Britain, France and West Germany, Anthony King. Institutionalization: The institutionalization of the US House of Representatives, Nelson W. Polsby; The learning of legislative norms, Herbert B. Asher; A rational choice perspective on congressional norms, Barry R. Weingast; Rules of the game in Britain: can the politicians be trusted?, Donald D. Searing. Legislators and Legislation: Who makes our laws? The legislative effectiveness of members of the US Congress, Stephen Frantzich; The fate of policy analysis in Congressional decision making: 3 types of use in committees, David Whiteman; Institutional; rules and legislative outcomes in the Italian parliament, Guiseppe di Palma; The institutional foundations of committee power, Kenneth A. Shepsle and Barry R. Weingast; Restrictive legislative procedures in France and the United States, John D. Huber; Exploring a new role in policy making: the British House of Commons in the 1970s, John E. Schwarz. Legislators: The Independence of Legislators: Models of legislative voting, John W. Kingdon; Party voting in the United States Congress, Samuel C. Patterson and Gregory A. Caldeira; 'The lady's not for turning' but what about the rest? Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party 1979-89, Philip Norton. Legislators as Representatives: The role of the representative; some empirical observations on the theory of Edmund Burke, Heinz Eulau, John C. Wahlke, William Buchanan and Leroy C. Ferguson; Constituency influence in Congress, Warren E. Miller and Donald E. Stokes; 'Representatives' perceptions of constituency opinion, Ronald D. Hedlund and H. Paul Friesema; The role of the good constituency member and the practice of representation in Great Britain, Donald D. Searin