How An Agenda Setter Induces Legislators to Adopt Policies They Oppose
AbstractThis paper addresses the puzzle of why redistributive legislation, which benefits a small minority, may pass with overwhelming majorities. It models a legislature in which the same agenda setter serves for two periods, showing how he can exploit a legislature (completely) in the first period by promising future benefits to legislators who support him. In equilibrium, a large majority of legislators vote for the first-period proposal because they thereby maintain the chance of belonging to the minimum winning coalition in the future. Legislators may therefore approve policies by large majorities, or even unanimously, that benefit few, or even none, of them. The results are robust: some institutional arrangements, such as super-majority rules or sequential voting, limit but do not eliminate the agenda setter's power to exploit the legislature; other institutions such as secret voting do not limit his power.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 111211.
Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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Agenda setting; Legislation; Voting;
Other versions of this item:
- Matthias Dahm & Amihai Glazer, 2012. "How An Agenda Setter Induces Legislators to Adopt Policies They Oppose," Economics Working Paper from Condorcet Center for political Economy at CREM-CNRS 2012-11-ccr, Condorcet Center for political Economy.
- D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-05-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2012-05-29 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-POL-2012-05-29 (Positive Political Economics)
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