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SANTOS, Fabiano  and  ALMEIDA, Acir. Informational theory and the selection of "rapporteurs" in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies.Translated byPlinio Dentzien. Dados [online]. 2006, vol.2Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0011-5258.

This article analyzes which factors determine rapporteurship allocation for reviewing bills of law submitted by the Brazilian Executive Branch to the Chamber of Deputies. We argue that the rapporteurs' influence lies in their position as informational agents in the preliminary review committees. Based on this theoretical proposition, we identify the reasons why the first term of the Cardoso Administration witnessed a non-negligible number of rapporteurs from the minority opposition who were designated to report on bills submitted by the Executive. The hypotheses are tested through a statistical model that estimates the number of reports on Executive bills each Deputy obtained during the 1995-98 Legislature by using original data on the characteristics of the Deputies, their parties, and the committees to which they belonged.

Keywords : rapporteurs; Chamber of Deputies; informational theory.

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