“Models of Representation” reflected in the roll call votes of House members

September 26, 2018
By Kim Quaile Hill As the 2018 off-year election approaches, both academic and news commentators are abuzz with how candidates for Congressional seats will position themselves with… Read More

Style and substance in the U.S. House of Representatives

September 20, 2018
By Tracy Sulkin and William Bernhard Upon arriving on Capitol Hill, all new members of Congress (MCs) face a central choice: what kind of legislator will they… Read More

AIN’s Congressional Exit Interviews (Event Video 9/13/2018): Representative John J. Duncan, Jr.

September 13, 2018
Join R Street Institutes’ American Institutions Network (AIN) as we sit down with retiring Congressmen for the first of its kind, groundbreaking panel series, AIN’s Congressional Exit Interviews. The… Read More

Collins indictment could spur reform

August 21, 2018
(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Legislative Procedure on August 17, 2018.) After Representative Chris Collins’ (R-N.Y.) recent indictment for insider trading, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) … Read More

August recess? It’s the law

July 31, 2018
It’s (almost) August in Washington which means that Congress (and a good part of the city) will go into recess. This year, however, there’s a twist: The Senate is… Read More

Do roll call votes influence member reelection prospects?

July 30, 2018
By Ben Highton Political scientists and political analysts have a keen interest in knowing whether the roll call votes Members of Congress (MCs) make concerning significant public policy influence… Read More

Managing constituent correspondence: Implications for congressional learning and citizen advocacy

July 25, 2018
By Claire Abernathy Constituents contact their elected officials in Washington to express their views on policy, and these incoming contacts represent a potentially useful resource for congressional offices to… Read More

Gender stereotypes and the policy priorities of women in Congress

June 27, 2018
Image source:  Politico   Women who run for Congress are just as likely to win as men are (e.g., Burrell 1994; Carroll 1994; Fox 2006), yet women face considerable challenges… Read More

Trading gridlock for … more gridlock

May 17, 2018
Image source here By Marian Currinder So far, 54 members of Congress have announced they will not be seeking reelection in November. Most of those leaving are House members… Read More

Do constituents influence the work of legislators?

April 3, 2018
Image source: NYT By Philip D. Waggoner Decades of normative and empirical research on American representation has taken up the question of whether the represented actually influence the… Read More