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

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