publication . Other literature type . Article . 2012

How the Senate and the President Affect the Timing of Power-sharing Rule Changes in the US House

Gisela Sin; Arthur Lupia;
Open Access
  • Published: 21 Nov 2012
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
A new model and related empirical work explain how the Senate and President affect the timing of power-sharing rule changes in the US House. We argue that shifts in the Senate's or President's preferences (e.g., a new majority party in the Senate; a new president) reshape House members' expectations about which legislative outcomes are achievable. Reshaped expectations, in turn, can alter House members' perceptions of the consequences of reallocating power among themselves. We prove that such reshaped expectations can induce House members to change power-sharing rules. To evaluate this claim, we examine major rule changes from 1879 to 2009. We find that the Hous...
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Law, Power sharing, Sociology, Legislature, Presidency, Public administration, Majority party, Empirical work
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