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(Reference retrieved automatically from SciELO through information on FAPESP grant and its corresponding number as mentioned in the publication by the authors.)

“I Vote With My Party”: Party Organization and Legislative Behavior in Brazil

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Author(s):
Pedro Floriano Ribeiro [1] ; Luís Locatelli [2] ; Pedro Paulo de Assis [3]
Total Authors: 3
Affiliation:
[1] Universidade Federal de São Carlos. Departamento de Ciências Sociais. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência Política - Brasil
[2] Fundação Getúlio Vargas. EAESP - Brasil
[3] Universidade Federal de São Carlos - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Dados; v. 65, n. 4 2022-05-16.
Abstract

ABSTRACT As a central element in the functioning of party governments, legislative party unity and discipline are usually explained through macro institutional factors and variables that are endogenous to the legislative process. However, parliamentarians are usually elected through party lists and there are differences among their parties in terms of decision-making structure and organizational strength. Drawing on evidence from Brazil, this article analyzes the effects of intraparty democracy (AIPD) and party strength (PSI: members, money, and local branches) on the levels of legislative party unity and discipline. The results of multivariate analysis suggest that the less democratic and the more robust the party organizations are, the greater the levels of legislative party unity and discipline. While organizational strength indicates to parliamentarians the potential consequences (amount of resources) of defecting and free-riding behavior, the level of intraparty democracy influences the effectiveness of enforcement mechanisms for punishing the legislators (access to resources). The findings suggest that differences among party organizations may be associated with different levels of party unity and loyalty in the legislature. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 19/25865-0 - Organazing democracy: party machines, elections and vote in Brazil
Grantee:Luís Gustavo Bruno Locatelli
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 18/19925-8 - Explaining party membership in old and new democracies: institutional and demand-side variables
Grantee:Pedro José Floriano Ribeiro
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 17/15173-9 - Surviving the game: political party strategies and trajectories in Brazil
Grantee:Pedro Paulo Ferreira Bispo de Assis
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/21519-5 - Socioeconomic Development, Institutions and Parties: Explaining Party Membership in Latin America
Grantee:Pedro José Floriano Ribeiro
Support type: Regular Research Grants