Two-tiered political entrepreneurship and the congressional committee system

Adam Martin, Diana W. Thomas

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

19 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Theories of political entrepreneurship usually focus on the construction of coalitions necessary to change policy. We argue that political entrepreneurs who are unable to secure favored policies may redirect their efforts to a "higher tier," attempting to change the rules of the game to enable the exploitation of future political profit opportunities. We present a taxonomy of three levels of political rules-pre-constitutional, constitutional, and post-constitutional-and identify the salient characteristics of institutional entrepreneurship that targets rules at each level. The development of the congressional committee system is explored as a case study in entrepreneurship over post-constitutional rules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-37
Number of pages17
JournalPublic Choice
Volume154
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

entrepreneurship
taxonomy
entrepreneur
coalition
exploitation
profit
Entrepreneurship

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

Two-tiered political entrepreneurship and the congressional committee system. / Martin, Adam; Thomas, Diana W.

In: Public Choice, Vol. 154, No. 1, 12.2012, p. 21-37.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{d3b0b490dea14d33b9320052939fb5ec,
title = "Two-tiered political entrepreneurship and the congressional committee system",
abstract = "Theories of political entrepreneurship usually focus on the construction of coalitions necessary to change policy. We argue that political entrepreneurs who are unable to secure favored policies may redirect their efforts to a {"}higher tier,{"} attempting to change the rules of the game to enable the exploitation of future political profit opportunities. We present a taxonomy of three levels of political rules-pre-constitutional, constitutional, and post-constitutional-and identify the salient characteristics of institutional entrepreneurship that targets rules at each level. The development of the congressional committee system is explored as a case study in entrepreneurship over post-constitutional rules.",
author = "Adam Martin and Thomas, {Diana W.}",
year = "2012",
month = "12",
doi = "10.1007/s11127-011-9805-z",
language = "English",
volume = "154",
pages = "21--37",
journal = "Public Choice",
issn = "0048-5829",
publisher = "Springer Netherlands",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Two-tiered political entrepreneurship and the congressional committee system

AU - Martin, Adam

AU - Thomas, Diana W.

PY - 2012/12

Y1 - 2012/12

N2 - Theories of political entrepreneurship usually focus on the construction of coalitions necessary to change policy. We argue that political entrepreneurs who are unable to secure favored policies may redirect their efforts to a "higher tier," attempting to change the rules of the game to enable the exploitation of future political profit opportunities. We present a taxonomy of three levels of political rules-pre-constitutional, constitutional, and post-constitutional-and identify the salient characteristics of institutional entrepreneurship that targets rules at each level. The development of the congressional committee system is explored as a case study in entrepreneurship over post-constitutional rules.

AB - Theories of political entrepreneurship usually focus on the construction of coalitions necessary to change policy. We argue that political entrepreneurs who are unable to secure favored policies may redirect their efforts to a "higher tier," attempting to change the rules of the game to enable the exploitation of future political profit opportunities. We present a taxonomy of three levels of political rules-pre-constitutional, constitutional, and post-constitutional-and identify the salient characteristics of institutional entrepreneurship that targets rules at each level. The development of the congressional committee system is explored as a case study in entrepreneurship over post-constitutional rules.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84871241026&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84871241026&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s11127-011-9805-z

DO - 10.1007/s11127-011-9805-z

M3 - Article

VL - 154

SP - 21

EP - 37

JO - Public Choice

JF - Public Choice

SN - 0048-5829

IS - 1

ER -