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Judicial Lobbying: The Politics of Labor Law Constitutional Interpretation

Matias Iaryczower, Pablo Spiller, Mariano Tommasi

NBER Working Paper No. 11317
Issued in May 2005
NBER Program(s):   LE

This paper links the theory of interest groups influence over the legislature with that of congressional control over the judiciary. The resulting framework reconciles the theoretical literature of lobbying with the negative available evidence on the impact of lobbying over legislative outcomes, and sheds light to the determinants of lobbying in separation-of-powers systems. We provide conditions for judicial decisions to be sensitive to legislative lobbying, and find that lobbying falls the more divided the legislature is on the relevant issues. We apply this framework to analyze supreme court labor decisions in Argentina, and find results consistent with the predictions of the theory.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w11317

Published: Iaryczower, Matias, Pablo T. Spiller, and Mariano Tommasi. "Judicial Lobbying: The Politics of Labor Law Constitutional Interpretation." American Political Science Review 100, 1 (Feb 2006): 85-97.

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