The Electoral Connection and Legislative Committees Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • This article examines whether the career needs of legislators–to be re-elected or to move on to another political post–allow us to explain the rules governing committee structures and the committee assignments individual legislators obtain. It uses the institutional variations provided by Argentina, Costa Rica, and Venezuela to test hypotheses about committee assignments and committee assignment mechanisms. It finds that incentives created by candidate selection procedures and electoral rules show some relationship to committee assignments, but with a good deal of variation across national cases and individual careers. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

author list (cited authors)

  • Crisp, B. F., Escobar-Lemmon, M. C., Jones, B. S., Jones, M. P., & Taylor-Robinson, M. M.

citation count

  • 19

publication date

  • March 2009