James Coleman Battista <firstname.lastname@example.org> is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 520 Park Hall, North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260.
Why Information? Choosing Committee Informativeness in U.S. State Legislatures
Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2011
2009 Comparative Legislative Research Center at the University of Iowa
Legislative Studies Quarterly
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 375–397, August 2009
How to Cite
BATTISTA, J. C. (2009), Why Information? Choosing Committee Informativeness in U.S. State Legislatures. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 34: 375–397. doi: 10.3162/036298009788897808
- Issue online: 7 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2011
Using a new dataset drawn from American state legislatures, I modeled the informativeness of legislative committees as a choice over institutions. I found higher informativeness to be associated with better preparedness for information transfer, morepartisan chambers, and higher demand for information combined with greater incentives to control committee assignments. These associations shed light on congressional committee informativeness. A simple model of committee informativeness can predict the informativeness of the U.S. House's committees.