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date: 28 February 2020

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This article looks at the organization of democratic legislatures. It is argued that the lure of office supports the formation of legislative parties and coalitions. It is noted that much recent theorizing about legislatures start by suggesting a certain structure of agenda-setting powers, before conclusions about various legislative outcomes are derived. A review of related literature is provided, which stresses the differences between veto power and proposal power; and between centralized and decentralized agenda power.

Keywords: democratic legislatures, organization, legislative parties, coalitions, agenda-setting, outcomes, powers, veto power, proposal power, agenda power

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