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

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

Rethinking member ambition and the reelection goal

February 7, 2018
Image source: Lee Drutman/Vox By Marian Currinder That members of Congress are ambitious is a political science axiom. Getting elected (and reelected) to Congress requires ambition, as does the earnest… 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

Whether and how intraparty organizations matter

January 25, 2018
Source: Gannett By Jordan M. Ragusa Congress seems hopelessly divided between two warring parties.  From a spending impasse that caused a government shutdown to a tax reform bill that didn’t… Read More

Whither the class of 2018?

January 10, 2018
Source: Wikipedia Breaking Wave By Richard M. Skinner   Few patterns are more reliable in American politics than the president’s party losing seats in the House of Representatives at the… Read More

No, congressional Republicans are not carrying Trump’s water

November 2, 2017
Source: Washington Examiner . By Matt Glassman Last week, two retiring Republican Senators ramped up their criticism of President Trump. On Tuesday, Senator Bob Corker said Trump had “great… Read More

Parties and the Challenges of Partisan Governance

June 26, 2017
Thomas Nast, “Third Term Trap,” 1874. Source: Harpweek.com. James Wallner writes at the Examiner: “It’s almost July and the Republican Party has yet to repeal Obamacare due to divisions… Read More

Zach Wamp, Former Congressman, on the Fundraising Problem

March 22, 2017
Source: Wikipedia Conservative Zach Wamp (R-TN, 1995-2011) writes: “The ugliest truth is that our ‘representatives’ of the people spend as much as half their time raising money. Members of Congress owe… Read More

Quantifying the Value of Nikki Haley’s Endorsement

February 17, 2016
It was leaked this afternoon that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will endorse U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.  Questions about Haley’s endorsement have persisted for months.  Until today, the only… Read More