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Moreover, an examination of the dozen deputies nominated three or more times by respondents as prominent, that is, the 'top influentials', reveals that nine of them spoke at three or more sessions of the Assembly during 1968 and 1969. 2 cross-tabulates data from our analysis of floor speaking in the Assembly and the survey interview data on the structure of influence. There appears to be a close connection between participation in Assembly debate by a deputy and his or her level of reputed prominence or influence in the work of the chamber.
Such a new climate requires party members who are delegates to be more accountable to parallel party bodies, thereby creating a horizontal line of authority in addition to the formalvertical- responsibility of delegates to their constituencies on lower tiers of the legislative system (now under greater control by lower level party organisations as well). These trends have also been facilitated by the lower number of delegates in recent years who are non-party members. The most recent Yugoslav political research concerning the operation of the post-1974 delegate system confirms the decisive political influence of party leaders and professional politicians, and also the serious obstacles which remain to amateur citizen participation.
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