By Nils Ringe,Jennifer Nicoll Victor,Christopher Jan Carman

Legislative member enterprises (LMOs)—such as caucuses within the U.S. Congress and intergroups within the eu Parliament—exist in lawmaking our bodies world wide. in contrast to events and committees, LMOs play no seen, predefined position within the legislative technique. they supply legislators with possibilities to set up social networks with colleagues who proportion universal pursuits. In flip, such networks supply beneficial possibilities for the effective trade of policy-relevant—and occasionally another way unattainable—information among legislative places of work. construction on vintage insights from the learn of social networks, the authors offer a comparative review of LMOs throughout complex, liberal democracies. In nuanced case experiences of LMOs within the ecu Parliament and the U.S. Congress, the authors depend on a mixture of social community research, refined statistical tools, and cautious qualitative research of a giant variety of in-depth interviews.

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