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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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GRIS-LEGORRETA, Perla Carolina. Using Documentary Evidence in the Drafting of Legislative Bills: The Case of the Commission for Social Development of the Chamber of Deputies. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2017, vol.62, n.229, pp.45-76. ISSN 0185-1918.

This article considers the use of evidence coming from a variety of sources to substantiate bills introduced before the Chamber of Deputies. The Legislative, as a highly politicized arena, can rely on monitoring, evaluation and auditing tools not only for drafting initiatives, but also to inform and enrich the debate in a context where different ideologies converge systematically. This work suggests that the use of evidence is still an underutilized resource in Mexican legislative work. The main sources of information used in bills submitted to the Commission for Social Development at the Chamber of Deputies during the 60th, 61st and 62nd Legislatures are evaluated based on a case study. The most significant finding reveals that although evidences have been increasingly used in the legislative work, there is still significant potential for exploiting evidences from sources of a different nature, particularly those produced by agencies linked to the Chamber of Deputies, including the Superior Audit Office and the legislative studies centers.

Keywords : legislative work; legislative bills; Chamber of Deputies; audit; Commission for Social Development.

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