Control from the core? The impact of cabinet committees on ministers’ legislative activity

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Abstract

Ministers may be powerful policy initiators, but they are not equally powerful. Cabinet control mechanisms have become a crucial part of cabinet governance, which can serve to contain agency loss and consequently constrain ministers in the policymaking process. However, empirical studies have not focused on the impact of such control mechanisms on individual ministers’ political outcomes. I turn attention to certain cabinet committees as intra-cabinet control mechanisms and argue that members of these enjoy a policymaking advantage compared to nonmembers. Analyzing ministers’ number of laws proposed to parliament in Denmark from 1975 to 2022, I look beyond parties as unitary actors and provide evidence for this causal relationship. Membership of the Economic Committee increases ministers’ legislative activity. Thus, even within parties in cabinet, ministers have unequal possibilities to act as policy-seeking. These findings offer new insights into political parties in governments, cabinet governance, policymaking, and legislative processes.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Political Science Review
Vol/bind16
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)281-297
Antal sider17
ISSN1755-7739
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2024

Emneord

  • Cabinet committees
  • coalitions
  • legislative agreements
  • agenda setting
  • core executive

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