Informational Consequences of Agenda Procedures

37 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2011 Last revised: 22 Jan 2013

Scott Moser

School of Politics and International Relations; University of Texas at Austin - Department of Government

Date Written: July 12, 2011

Abstract

Agenda procedures are an important aspect of political decision making in legislatures. This paper compares different agenda forms and evaluates them on their ability to amalgamate information. I model voters with private information, but subject to party pressures, voting in a common value environment and use this model to compare different agenda forms. Special attention is paid to two agenda forms commonly used in practice: the amendment agenda and the sequential elimination agenda. I find that amendment agendas select superior outcomes more often than sequential elimination agendas when there is much ex-ante uncertainty; that the amendment agenda is better able to extract information from votes, but this information can be to the detriment of a group if information is of poor quality.

Keywords: amendment procedure, information aggregation, legislative voting

Suggested Citation

Moser, Scott, Informational Consequences of Agenda Procedures (July 12, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1884380 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1884380

Scott Moser (Contact Author)

School of Politics and International Relations ( email )

Nottingham
United Kingdom

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Government ( email )

College of Liberal Arts
1 University Station A1800
Austin, TX 78712
United States

HOME PAGE: http://smoser.webhost.utexas.edu/

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