This volume begins where the first Doring book of 1995 finished by considering what effects the rules had on legislative output during the same period. It addresses four distinct yet complementary research topics: the connection between a number of veto players and law production in West European parliamentary democracies; the impact of closed versus open rules; the effects of committee structure and organization on the degree of conflict or consensus on the procedure of passing legislation; the importance of agenda setting and agenda control for the distribution of particular benefits of shifting and transient majorities. Fundamental to this volume is the ability of the project group to fashion an original data set. As a consequence, this volume is able to ascertain the extent to which parliamentary procedures contributed to shaping policy output in this field during the 1980s.
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