Lobbying Legislatures

Posted: 6 Oct 2002

See all articles by Morten Bennedsen

Morten Bennedsen

INSEAD - Economics and Political Sciences; University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics

Sven E. Feldmann

Melbourne Business School


We analyze informational lobbying in the context of a multimember legislature that decides on the allocation of a public good. First, we observe that a majoritarian legislature provides widely different incentives for interest groups to lobby than a single decision maker does. Second, we compare a decentralized legislature, such as the U.S. Congress, to a parliament with strong party cohesion. Congress's decentralized nature allows the strategic formation of policy coalitions among high-demand districts and the exclusion of low-demand districts. This increases the incentive to provide information about districts' demand relative to a legislature in which the governing coalition is fixed.

Suggested Citation

Bennedsen, Morten and Feldmann, Sven E., Lobbying Legislatures. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 110, August 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=318200

Morten Bennedsen

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