Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics

No 01-2002: Lobbying and Legislative Organization The Effect of the Vote of Confidence Procedure

Morten Bennedsen and Sven E. Feldmann
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Morten Bennedsen: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Solbjerg Plads 3 C, 5. sal, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Sven E. Feldmann: University of Chicago, Postal: University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy Studies

Abstract: We analyze how the structure of organizational form of legislative institutions affects

interest groups ’incentives to lobby.Lobbying is modelled the strategic provision

of information by an interest group to a multi-person legislature.We show that

the effectiveness of lobbying lies in changing the viable policy coalitions.We show

in a multi-period policy framework that a distinguishing feature between the US

Congress and European parliamentary systems —the vote of confidence procedure —

can significantly change the incentives for interest group lobbying.

Keywords: Organizational form; legislative institutions; Lobbying; Parliamentary systems; Politics; Interest groups

JEL-codes: A10; E10; E60; H00

26 pages, January 1, 2002

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