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Lobbying and Legislative Organization: The Effect of the Vote of Confidence Procedure


Morten Bennedsen


INSEAD - Economics and Political Sciences

Sven E. Feldmann


Melbourne Business School


Business and Politics, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2002

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This paper analyzes how the structure of the legislature affects interest groups' incentives to lobby. Lobbying is modelled as the strategic provision of information by an interest group to a multi-member legislature, and the effectiveness of lobbying lies in the ability of information to change the winning policy coalitions. We show that with a long enough time horizon for policymakers, the distinguishing feature between the U.S. Congress and European parliamentary systems - the vote of confidence procedure - reduces an agenda setter's willingness to change policy coalitions, and thus significantly lowers the incentives for interest group lobbying.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 19

Keywords: information and lobbying, party coherence, coalition formation

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Date posted: May 17, 2006  

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Bennedsen, Morten and Feldmann, Sven E., Lobbying and Legislative Organization: The Effect of the Vote of Confidence Procedure. Business and Politics, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=901762

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Morten Bennedsen
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