Stocks and Members of Congress

November 14, 2011
This weekend 60 Minutes’ aired an excellent piece on members legally trading stocks on insider information. Earlier this year we reviewed some research on this exact topic. The authors… Read More

Galston and Polarization, Take 3…

November 10, 2011
I’d like to mention a couple of things on William Galston’s NYT article that is making its way through the polisci blogs this week. Jon Bernstein and John Sides do… Read More

Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Timing is Everything

October 29, 2011
Moving forward with the third installment of our institutionalism series, I’m going to discuss the relevance of time in new institutionalist literature. So far, Nate and Jordan have discussed how… Read More

Continuing Resolution Passes House 219-203

September 23, 2011
Late tonight the House passed a resolution by a vote of 219 to 203 to fund the government through the 18th of November.  Yesterday, a similar resolution failed on the House… Read More

Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Plott’s Equation

September 22, 2011
Inspired by Hans Noel’s “10 Things Political Scientists Know that You Don’t,” Josh, Jordan, Will and I are rolling out a semi-regular series that borrows the idea  and… Read More

Reasons to be Optimistic about the Super Committee

September 8, 2011
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—a.k.a. the “super committee”—will hold its first official meeting today (September 8th) at 10:30am.  Today’s meeting of the committee is an organizational one, with… Read More

A Long History of Super Committees: The Connecticut Compromise

August 4, 2011
I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from the blog the past few weeks.  I had to make some editorial revisions to my dissertation, pack everything, move, unpack and prepare my syllabi… Read More

Debt Ceiling Non-Compromise and the “Super” Committee

August 2, 2011
I missed this a few days ago but recently found a piece Sean Theriault, associate professor at Texas, wrote at CNN on the debt crisis and compromise. It’s a… Read More

The Debt Ceiling and the Decline of American Democracy

August 1, 2011
Jacob Hacker and Oona Hathaway, both professors at Yale University, have a very good op-ed in today’s New York Times. I definitely recommend it. To sum up their argument,… Read More

Really? A ‘Super Congress?’

July 24, 2011
This is one of the more strange spins I’ve read on a new joint committee. Senate leaders, along with Speaker Boehner, are proposing a new committee of 12 members. Read More