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This paper provides a geometric model explaining how a party leader can use the committee assignment process to design optimal committees from the leader's perspective. The purpose of a committee is to reduce the number of people eligible to speak on a particular issue sufficiently so as to allow each participant to fully develop their arguments in a manageable amount of time. In doing so, however, the overwhelming majority of people will be prevented from discussing the particulars of a bill. As a result, party leaders who are able to selectively appoint and promote members to committees are able to use this authority to enforce their own agenda.
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Keywords: COMMITTEE SYSTEM; POLITICAL DECISION-MAKING

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April, 2019

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