Understanding the political goals of non-binding resolutions: evidence from the Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Aldo F. Ponce, Rodrigo Velázquez López Velarde

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Abstract

By primarily focusing on bill initiatives, the literature on legislatures and parliaments has understudied other important legislative instruments -such as non-binding resolutions, minutes or speeches- which might help parties and legislators achieve their electoral and policy goals. Non-binding resolutions (NBRs) do not carry the force of law and are primarily used for parties or legislators’ position taking and the request of government actions. This article examines the political goals of NBRs by examining these tools in the lower chamber of the Mexican Congress. Employing a novel dataset, we claim that legislators strategically utilise NBRs to strengthen their relationship with their political principals. We find differences on the use of these instruments across political parties, based on the types of policy areas they choose to target. The analysis also indicates that SMD legislators tend to introduce more particularistic NBRs that might further their political careers at the subnational level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-249
Number of pages21
JournalThe Journal of Legislative Studies
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 3

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

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