Legislative processes as sequences: Exploring temporal trajectories of Italian law-making by means of sequence analysis

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Abstract

The study of time in legislative processes has so far understood time mainly as duration (of the process as a whole or of its single stages). This work contributes to existing research by presenting a new approach to the study of time which takes as the unit of analysis the whole temporal trajectory followed by a bill from its introduction to the floor to its final adoption. Legislative processes are conceived of as sequences of stages a bill has to go through before its final adoption. The relative time spent in each of these stages varies considerably. This work aims to explore the determinants of variation in the observed trajectories of relative duration. To this end, it applies the tools of discrepancy sequence analysis, a method commonly employed for the study of occupational histories or life courses. The analysis was conducted on a sample of Italian legislative acts adopted in Italy from 1987 to 2008.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-576
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Review Of Administrative Sciences
Volume80
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Discrepancy analysis
  • Italy
  • Law-making
  • Sequence analysis
  • Time

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