Legislative Process with Open Rules

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Theresa Fahrenberger

Heidelberg University - Alfred Weber Institute for Economics

Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

We examine the legislative game with open rules proposed by Baron and Ferejohn (1989). We first show that the three-group equilibrium suggested by Baron and Ferejohn does not always obtain. Second, we characterize the set of stationary equilibria for simple and super majority rules. Such equilibria are either of the three-group or four-group type. The latter type tends to occur when the size of the legislature becomes larger. Moreover, four-group equilibria imply large delay costs.

Keywords: Bargaining in legislatures, Baron/Ferejohn model, open rules, three-group and four-group equilibria

JEL Classification: D7

Suggested Citation

Fahrenberger, Theresa and Gersbach, Hans, Legislative Process with Open Rules (April 2007). , Vol. , pp. -, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135478

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