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Bill Failure and Policy Change as a Result of Amendment Trading

Bill Failure and Policy Change as a Result of Amendment Trading

Chapter:
(p.154) Chapter Seven Bill Failure and Policy Change as a Result of Amendment Trading
Source:
The Congressional Endgame
Author(s):
Josh M. Ryan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226582375.003.0007

This chapter explores the policy outcomes from amendment trading. Drawing on the same theories and tests as the previous chapter, legislative change resulting from amendment trading is directly compared to that from conference committees. Despite the folk wisdom that amendment trading results in more partisan bills, the results suggest that amendment trading produces policy that is very similar to that produced by conference committees. Coalition sizes after amendment trading generally increase, and include more members of the minority party. These findings serve as additional evidence that the post-passage bargaining process produces relatively moderate legislation.

Keywords:   amendment trading, bill failure, party theory, party leadership

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