Nothing is inevitable in politics, even in the Senate

March 14, 2018
Image source: CNN By James Wallner The future is not inevitable. And it cannot be predicted with certainty. There is no iron law of history according to which events unfold… Read More

What the Senate’s past tells us about a future nuclear option

March 13, 2018
Image source: US Senate By James Wallner “It is difficult to make predictions, particularly about the future.” We would do well today to heed Mark Twain’s version of the well-known… Read More

The decline of party capacity in the House

February 21, 2018
Image source: Politico By Scott Meinke In the last two decades, the House of Representatives has lost a great deal of institutional capacity.  Sources of expertise and… Read More

Crippled Congress = expanded executive powers

February 20, 2018
Image source: POGO Congress is unquestionably polarized. Many of the nation’s most pressing issues are mired in gridlock. These facets of our politics are understood, but the consequences of… Read More

How women work harder to stay in Congress

February 15, 2018
Image source: Politico By Jeffrey Lazarus Almost ten years ago, my colleague Amy Steigerwalt and I were writing on congressional earmarks when we noticed an interesting trend: in the years… Read More

The knowledge culture of Congress

February 14, 2018
Image Source: LOC By Colleen J. Shogan The swirl of commentary and serious thought about “fake news” and “the death of expertise” begs a larger question about American political… Read More

Does gerrymandering cause gridlock in Congress?

February 1, 2018
Image Source: US Census By Marian Currinder Last week, David Wasserman and his Gerrymandering Project colleagues released The Atlas of Redistricting, a massive undertaking that involved drawing… Read More

The Housification of the Upper Chamber: The 115th Senate is basically unrecognizable.

December 21, 2017
By Joshua C. Huder If the Senate were a friend, you’d say it was having an off-year. Or worse, you would tell it to see a doctor. The bipartisan,… Read More

Video: Molly E. Reynolds discusses her book, Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the U.S. Senate

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December 21, 2017
The Hoover Institution’s Director of Washington Programs, Michael G. Franc, interviews author Molly E. Reynolds on her latest book, Exceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the… Read More

New: James Wallner, On Parliamentary War: Partisan Conflict and Procedural Change in the U.S. Senate (University of Michigan Press)

December 6, 2017
The R Street Institute’s James Wallner has a new book out: On Parliamentary War.  “Dysfunction in the contemporary Senate is driven by the deteriorating relationship between the majority… Read More