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The industrial organization of Congress in USA and Spain: a comparative institutional analysis

  • Gonzalo Caballero Miguez

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    (Instituto Federal Electoral)

The institutional and organizational details framing legislative processes are key aspects for understanding how Congresses work. From a new institutional economics perspective, this paper comparatively examines how the Spanish and USA Congresses are organized. The main purpose of the paper is to unveil the so-called “black box” factors operating in each case. The role played by property rights, hierarchy, individual deputies, leadership, transactions costs and committees will be researched. Whereas committees and decision-making rules based on a property rights system are key factors for understanding how the Congress performs in USA; in the Spanish case the most relevant explanatory factors are strong party leadership and the hierarchical rules by which political parties and parlamentary groups are organized.

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Article provided by Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines in its journal Revista de Analisis Economico.

Volume (Year): 21 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 105-123

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Handle: RePEc:ila:anaeco:v:21:y:2006:i:2:p:105-123
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