By Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Stefaan Walgrave
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For the covered lawmaking agenda, results are somewhat clearer. A larger Democratic majority leads to increased statutory output, and the relationship is statistically signiﬁcant. As the size of the Democratic majority increases, Congress passes more pieces of legislation warranting coverage in CQ. We also ﬁnd some evidence of the expected complex relationship between public mood and lawmaking. There is an inverse relationship between the public’s mood in any given year and the lawmaking activity that takes place in the immediately preceding year, and a direct relationship with the year before that.
As expected, the raw number of laws passed by the legislature has decreased over the period of this study. Unsurprisingly, a greater number of statutes are passed during the second session of Congress as lawmakers run down the clock and vote on lingering pieces of legislation. None of the substantive explanatory variables reach signiﬁcance, although mood the year before nears signiﬁcance and the size of the Democratic majority is in the proper direction. 1. For the covered lawmaking agenda, results are somewhat clearer.
18. 6. 20. Government 19. 8. 7. . 21. 10. 12. 10. 001. 01. 05. Note: N = 62. Adj. Acts Adj. 15. Commerce 14. 16. 13. Social welfare 4. Agriculture 3. 2. 1. 17. 5. 18. 6. . 20. Government 19. 8. 7. 21. 10. 12. Law 32 | john, bevan, and jennings (see Farrall and Jennings 2012), but also to signal that Labour had become moderate after its shift to the left during the early 1980s. Before becoming leader of the Labour party, Blair was opposition spokesman on home affairs and famously used the slogan “Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime,” which subsequently appeared in the 1997 manifesto and became a symbol for a more populist Labour party.
Agenda Setting, Policies, and Political Systems: A Comparative Approach by Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Stefaan Walgrave