Debt Ceiling: An Artificial Crisis?

July 18, 2011
If you haven’t visited the Monkey Cage recently, you should. There are excellent posts from Bryan Jones and Sarah Binder, among others on the debt ceiling and how… Read More

Gridlock: Politicians are “Out of Touch”?

June 23, 2011
Gridlock is a popular talking point recently. It is, of course, a response to Congress’s inaction on just about everything. While this is what is exactly what is expected during… Read More

GOP Women: “As Conservative as the Men are”

June 21, 2011
Politico has a story today (here) that addresses the new crop of women in the Republican party.  There are a couple points in the article that I… Read More

How You Can Become Parliamentarian

May 30, 2011
I was reading Gregory Wawro, Sarah Binder, Steven Smith and Gregory Koger’s Senate testimony earlier today when I came across the comments of Robert Dove, a former Senate parliamentarian (Wikipedia entry here). Read More

“Cognitive Madisonians” and Congressional Approval

May 12, 2011
Declining approval of Congress is a popular topic these days (note: low Congressional approval is always popular, just more so recently).  The importance of this issue was aptly described in 1974… Read More

A Shameless Plug: Shirking the Initiative?

April 28, 2011
Maybe shameless is a bit strong; disseminating your research is important in academia after all.  But Josh and I (along with our colleague at Florida, Dan Smith), have a paper that was… Read More

Obama’s Birth Certificate: Diminishing Marginal Utility and Finite Agenda Space

April 27, 2011
I posted this on Seth Masket’s facebook page a moment ago (see his blog here).  Seth asked why Obama released his birth certificate now when there is presumably an electoral incentive to… Read More

“Washington is broken.” Good point. Why is nobody trying to repair it?

April 20, 2011
Since bipartisan “hope” in Obama’s first campaign has worn off, we are back to accepting the Washington’s “broken” politics.  Of course, by “Washington” people mean “Congress.” However, when it comes… Read More

Shutdown Roundtable: Lessons from 1994?

April 6, 2011
Here at Rule22, we decided to try something new: we’re each going to weigh in on the looming government shutdown.  Josh’s excellent post, if you haven’t read it, suggests… Read More

Shutdown Roundtable: Bargaining Strategies

April 6, 2011
One thing is certain: Republicans’ bargaining strategy is a winner. Over the past couple years Republicans won major legislative concessions while still winning the message battle. It’s an impressive feat… Read More