Who Participates and Who Is Seen and Not Heard? Evidence From the Honduran Congress Academic Article uri icon


  • One way to examine legislative behaviour when roll-call votes are unavailable is participation in debates. Deputies can publicise problems and modify bills, making the Congress a 'policy refinery'. Studying the Honduran Congress, we find that the deputy who is most likely to be a frequent participant in debates is a lawyer from a prosperous department of large district magnitude, from the governing party and has served at least one previous term in the Congress. This indicates limitations to who can use the legislature for input to policy-making. Given the design of electoral and party institutions in Honduras it is understandable that a small number of deputies dominate Congress debates. 2002, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Legislative Studies

author list (cited authors)

  • Taylor-Robinson, M. M., & David, S. J.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Taylor-Robinson, MM||David, SJ

publication date

  • January 2002