First Advisor

Richard Clucas

Term of Graduation

January 2023

Date of Publication


Document Type





Legislature Committees, Oregon Legislature

Physical Description

1 online resource ( pages)


The study of legislative committees has overwhelmingly been focused on the Congressional level. This has left legislative committees at the state level largely unstudied. Committees in the Oregon State Legislature are an essential and powerful part of the policy making process and Oregon is unlike most other states in that bills cannot be amended on the floor. Using three theories regarding legislative committees – the informational theory, distributive theory, and the partisan theory – that were put forth by Krehbiel, Cox and McCubbins, and Weingast and Marshall, this paper will examine the Oregon State Legislature’s committee system through a series of interviews and analysis to determine how these theories apply.


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