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Democratization and Authoritarian Party SurvivalMexico's PRI$
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Joy Langston

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190628512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190628512.001.0001

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Authority and Delegation in the Chamber of Deputies

Authority and Delegation in the Chamber of Deputies

(p.177) Chapter 9 Authority and Delegation in the Chamber of Deputies
Democratization and Authoritarian Party Survival

Joy K. Langston

Oxford University Press

Bstudy The purpose of this chapter is to understand the third and last important task of parties: managing their legislative delegation. During the years of one-party dominance, the Mexican legislature was famously weak compared to the executive because the president ruled over a hegemonic party that suffered little electoral competition and deputies who were limited to a single term. This changed dramatically when the PAN won the presidency, but was not able to capture a majority in either house of Congress. The work of unifying the PRI’s congressional delegation fell to its national officers and Chamber leaders, who placated the party’s governors and whipped the PRI’s legislators to vote together. To better understand the relations of power and delegation within the PRI’s legislative caucus, the chapter uniquely measures and compares the political and professional backgrounds of those PRI deputies who became or did not become committee chairs across the two periods.

Keywords:   legislature, political recruitment, committee leadership, voting discipline, congressional power

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