Promoting Partisanship

23 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2017

Date Written: December 21, 2017


This paper provides a geometric model explaining the role of committee selection processes for determining political outcomes. The purpose of a committee is to reduce the number of people eligible to speak on a particular issue sufficiently so as to allow each participant to fully develop their arguments in a manageable amount of time. In doing so, however, the overwhelming majority of people will be prevented from discussing the particulars of a bill. As a result, the process by which a committee is selected by majority and minority leaders at the start of a legislative session can have tremendous influence on the final outcome of a bill.

Keywords: Political Decision-Making, Committee System

JEL Classification: B52, D78, H21

Suggested Citation

Hebert, David J., Promoting Partisanship (December 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

David J. Hebert (Contact Author)

Aquinas College ( email )

Nashville, TN
United States

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