An Electoral Theory of Dynamic Legislative Bargaining with Endogenous Rules
47 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2012 Last revised: 29 Sep 2014
Date Written: September 28, 2014
We study repeated legislative bargaining in an assembly that chooses its bargaining rules endogenously, and whose members face an election after each legislative term. An agenda protocol or bargaining rule assigns to each legislator a probability of being recognized to make a policy proposal in the assembly. We predict that the agenda protocol chosen in equilibrium disproportionately favors more senior legislators, granting them greater opportunities to make policy proposals, and it generates an incumbency advantage to all legislators.
Keywords: Legislative bargaining, dynamic bargaining, bargaining rules, endogenous institutions, seniority, incumbency advantage
JEL Classification: D72, C78
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