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date: 28 February 2021

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This chapter examines the institutional foundations of agenda-setting in legislatures. It first reviews some of the most influential research on agenda-setting under majority rule and provides an overview of procedural rights and institutional mechanisms of legislative agenda-setting. It considers four categories of procedural rights and institutional mechanisms: the ability to schedule issues and control the timetable of the legislative process; the ability to formulate proposals and amendment rights; veto rights and gatekeeping; and sequencing and ordering with respect to legislative voting. It then discusses agenda-setting in parliamentary governments and concludes by highlighting some areas for future research.

Keywords: agenda-setting, legislatures, majority rule, procedural rights, timetable, amendment rights, veto rights, gatekeeping, legislative voting, parliamentary governments

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