The Organization of Democratic Legislatures

Gary W. Cox

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Organization of Democratic Legislatures

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This article looks at the organization of democratic legislatures. It is argued that the lure of office supports the formation of legislative parties and coalitions. It is noted that much recent theorizing about legislatures start by suggesting a certain structure of agenda-setting powers, before conclusions about various legislative outcomes are derived. A review of related literature is provided, which stresses the differences between veto power and proposal power; and between centralized and decentralized agenda power.

Keywords: democratic legislatures; organization; legislative parties; coalitions; agenda-setting; outcomes; powers; veto power; proposal power; agenda power

Article.  9253 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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