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date: 04 December 2020

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This chapter examines the lawmaking process in democratic countries, focusing on how the government and cross-pressured legislators interact with each other. It considers how the possibility of success or failure is influenced by uncertainty and how incentives may drive legislators to change their voting intentions. It discusses the factors that allow chief executives to enact policy changes through statute law, as well as the role and influence of governments and legislatures in creating law. In particular, it highlights two major factors that shape lawmaking: the unpredictability of legislators’ voting behavior, and the availability of resources to engage in vote-buying. It also looks at the influence of vote-buying on winning coalitions.

Keywords: lawmaking, democratic countries, legislators, incentives, chief executives, statute law, legislatures, voting behavior, vote-buying, coalitions

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