Filibusted: The Mixed Effects of 'Going Nuclear'
20 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 4, 2017
Perennial gridlock in Washington has led to many political and media elites calling for an end to the filibuster. But would it matter? In this paper, I derive a series of legislative bargaining models and show that eliminating the filibuster would likely affect gridlock in a narrow set of circumstances. Using data on gridlock from Binder (1999), I conduct simulations to show that the the effect of removing the filibuster on outcomes is even bleaker. Thus, while getting the rid of the filibuster might be a good gimmick, the practical effects of doing so on gridlock are, at best, minimal.
Keywords: filibuster, obstruction, congress, game theory
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