Podcast: Do ideas or interests drive our politics?

April 13, 2020
Listen in. Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, joins Julia Azari, Lee Drutman, and James Wallner to discuss the role that ideas and interests play in our politics. Do ideas… Read More

Every congressional office should pivot to constituent service during COVID-19

April 3, 2020
Consider: The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) is 247 pages long and quite complex.The threat of coronavirus has led legislators in both the House… Read More

Governance poll: What does the public think?

April 1, 2020
In early February, 2020, George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Department of Political Science, and Graduate School of Political Management sponsored a nationwide poll of 1,200… Read More

How do we measure what Congress has accomplished?

March 31, 2020
With approval ratings somewhere below Nickelback and root canals, Congress is hardly America’s favorite institution. The American public certainly seems to view gridlock and shutdowns dimly, and there’s a popular … Read More

Podcast: What are the politics of the coronavirus pandemic?

March 28, 2020
Listen here. This week, Julia, Lee, and James ask special guest Philip Rocco about the politics of public health emergencies. Philip is an Assistant… Read More

In Congress, assembled: A virtual Congress creates more problems than it solves

March 26, 2020
The coronavirus has disrupted life for millions of Americans. People across the country have altered their daily routines in a bid to slow its spread. In many states, bars, churches,… Read More

James Wallner on coronavrius and Congress

March 24, 2020

Congress needs to enable itself to operate remotely

March 23, 2020
“Two members of Congress have already tested positive for covid-19. Imagine if 250 members of the House or 55 members of the Senate contracted the disease and were hospitalized or… Read More

Podcast: Should the House have more members?

March 19, 2020
Are 435 members able to represent effectively a diverse electorate comprised of almost 330 million people? If not, how many members should the House have? And will increasing the size… Read More

What has Congress done about Coronavirus so far?

March 13, 2020
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine What has actually passed so far? H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, was introduced and passed under suspension of the… Read More