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Conclusion: Postpassage Resolution and Legislative Outcomes

Conclusion: Postpassage Resolution and Legislative Outcomes

Chapter:
(p.180) Chapter Eight Conclusion: Postpassage Resolution and Legislative Outcomes
Source:
The Congressional Endgame
Author(s):
Josh M. Ryan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226582375.003.0008

The post-passage resolution process works surprisingly well. Legislation almost never fails, and consistent with the Framers' desires, there is strong evidence that most bills become more moderate after agreement through amendment trading or by a conference committee. These are important results because they suggest that even in an era of strong party polarization and low legislative productivity, the resolution process still successfully constrains the more extreme tendencies of chamber coalitions.

Keywords:   American political theory, post-passage resolution, bicameral bargaining, legislative productivity

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