Congressional organization and its consequences

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Congressional organization and its consequences: congressional committees & “pivotal politics” Congressional organization “it is hard….political outcome.”- Nelson -Article I “each house may determine the rules of its proceedings” -members of congress can (must) choose the rules for proposing, debating and voting on legislation -have consequence for policy -controversy over policy will come into controversy over organization How do various rules and institutional structure affect policy outputs from congress? Focusing on spatial view of preferences and policy Ex. Committee organization and its consequence, theories of Gridlock and policy movement Spatial Theories of legislative politics -Basic idea Each legislator has an “ideal pt”- where she would most like policy to end. Legislator prefer proposals that would move policy closer to their ideal pt -Often, the policy space is treated as one 1-D Simpler and generates more stable and simple theoretical prediction Even going 2-D makes a lot of thing go “crazy”
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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