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Partisan and Bipartisan Signaling in Congress

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Gilligan and Krehbiel (1989) analyze bipartisanship in committees through a model in which committee ideal points are exactly symmetric about the floor's ideal point. This article has three objectives: it shows that the Gilligan and Krehbiel equilibrium does not generalize to asymmetric committee members; it proves that a similar equilibrium can be supported when the majority party committee member has gatekeeping power; and it compares this equilibrium to the one-signaler case to show that when partisan differences over policy are small, or when the uncertainty associated with a policy area is large, bipartisanship will be preferred to partisan policy making. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Epstein, David, 1998. "Partisan and Bipartisan Signaling in Congress," Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Oxford University Press, vol. 14(2), pages 183-204, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jleorg:v:14:y:1998:i:2:p:183-204
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    5. Anke S. Kessler, 2014. "Communication in Federal Politics: Universalism, Policy Uniformity, and the Optimal Allocation of Fiscal Authority," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 122(4), pages 766-805.
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