Legislative Committees as Uncertainty Reduction Devices in Multiparty Parliamentary Democracies

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Series Details Vol.38, No.5, September 2015, p1042-1061
Publication Date September 2015
ISSN 0140-2382
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Most research on committees in multiparty legislatures in parliamentary democracies focuses on their role in solving intra-cabinet delegation problems. Using a straightforward spatial model, this article discusses how committees can also solve uncertainty problems that arise in settings characterised by unstable coalitions, weak governmental agenda control and a lack of government change. In order to explore empirically how committees solve these problems, the article focuses on the success (and later decline) over the last 30 years of the sede legislativa, a law-making procedure that formalises ‘universalism’ in Italian legislative committees. The statistical results largely confirm the theoretical expectations.

Source Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2015.1045317
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