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A carrot and stick approach to agenda-setting

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  • Dahm, Matthias
  • Glazer, Amihai

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This paper 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. But institutional arrangements (such as entitlements) can reduce the agenda setter's power by reducing his discretion to reward and punish legislators, and rules (such as sequential voting) can increase a legislator's ability to resist exploitation.

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  • Dahm, Matthias & Glazer, Amihai, 2015. "A carrot and stick approach to agenda-setting," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 116(C), pages 465-480.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:116:y:2015:i:c:p:465-480
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.05.012
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    1. Marina Agranov & Christopher Cotton & Chloe Tergiman, 2016. "Persistence Of Power: Repeated Multilateral Bargaining," Working Paper 1374, Economics Department, Queen's University.
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    3. Marina Agranov & Christopher Cotton & Chloe Tergiman, 2019. "Persistence of Power: Repeated Multilateral Bargaining with Endogenous Agenda Setting Authority," Working Paper 1414, Economics Department, Queen's University.

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    Keywords

    Legislative bargaining; Distributive politics; Agenda setting;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation

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