Due North? Do American Theories of Legislative Committees Apply to Canada?

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    Abstract

    Several theories of legislative organisation have been proposed to explain committee selection in American legislatures, but do these theories travel outside the United States? This paper tests whether these theories apply to data from the Canadian House of Commons. It was found that the distributive and partisan models of legislative organisation explain committee composition in Canada. In many cases, committees in the House of Commons are made up of preference outliers. As predicted by partisan models, it was also found that the governing party stacks committees with its members, but this is conditional upon the strength of the governing party.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)174-192
    JournalJournal of Legislative Studies
    Volume20
    Issue number2
    Early online date15 Oct 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • legislative committees
    • electoral incentives
    • preference outliers

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