Working Papers

Institutionally disadvantaged legislators, such as those selected via reserved seats, try to be active in bill sponsoring to compensate for their lack of power in the legislative process. Using the case of Pakistan, I show that reserved seat legislators propose more bills and cosponsor with a larger number of peers than non-reserved seat legislators. They also occupy structural positions in the cosponsorship network that bridge different partisan blocs of legislators.

Does experiencing a regime transition when young have a long-lasting effect on political preferences? We utilize repeated cross-sectional surveys and present robust evidence that those who experienced a regime change during their impressionable years tend to show more conservative preferences later in life.