A Natural Experiment in Proposal Power and Electoral Success

  title={A Natural Experiment in Proposal Power and Electoral Success},
  author={Peter John Loewen},
Does lawmaker behavior influence electoral outcomes? Observational studies cannot elucidate the effect of legislative proposals on electoral outcomes, since effects are confounded by unobserved differences in legislative and political skill. We take advantage of a unique natural experiment in the Canadian House of Commons that allows us to estimate how proposing legislation affects election outcomes. The right of noncabinet members to propose legislation is assigned by lottery. Comparing… CONTINUE READING

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