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Highlights & Happenings

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CSDI is well represented in the July 2017 edition of the American Journal of Political Science

The July 2017 American Journal of Political Science has 4 articles written by CSDI directors and affiliates. They include:  "Spatial Models of Legislative Effectiveness" co-written by Alan Wiseman, "To Revoke or Not Revoke? The Political Determinants of Executive Order Longevity" by Sharece Thrower,  "A House Divided? Roll Calls, Polarization, and Policy Differences in the U.S. House, 1877-2011 co-written by Josh Clinton and "Language, Shapes People's Time Perspective and Support for Future-Oriented Policies" co-written by Efren Perez.   

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Spring 2017 VU Poll released

CSDI co-directors Josh Clinton and John Geer released the findings of the most recent Vanderbilt poll to the media via conference call on May 30th. Over 1,004 registered voters in Tennessee were surveyed between May 4 through the 15th. The results revealed that although a majority of Tennesseans still approve of the job President Trump is doing they are much less optimistic about his ability to change Washington for the better..  Read more

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Congress_reconsideredThe 11th Edition of CSDI Director, Bruce Oppenheimer's book "Congress Reconsidered" has been released.

Lawrence Dodd and Bruce Oppenheimer released the first edition of "Congress Reconsidered" in 1977 and have consistently delivered the best contemporary work from leading congressional scholars in a form that is both analytical and accessible. "This edited volume is chock-full of thoughtful, empirically-minded essays by respected congressional scholars. It would be difficult to construct a text that is more effective than Dodd and Oppenheimer's in offering such accessible but serious treatments of contemporary issues in the U.S. Congress." Barry Burden University of Wisconsin-Madison.  As in previous editions close to 75% of the contributions in this volume are new and the remainder have been substantially revised.

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15th Vanderbilt Poll Released

CSDI co-directors Josh Clinton and John Geer released the findings of the most recent Vanderbilt poll at a press conference on December 8th. Read more

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PFV CSDI Is Now Accepting Applications for 2017-18 Visiting Scholars

CSDI is currently accepting applications for visiting scholars conducting research on political institutions, opinion or behavior during the 17-18 academic year. We are seeking up to three Post-doctoral Scholars (a year long fellowship for applicants with doctoral degrees received between September 1, 2014 and August 1, 2017) and up to three Senior Visiting Scholars (for applicants of all ranks, with a length of up to one year to be negotiated on a case-by case basis). Priority will be given to applications received before January 15, 2017. For more information see the "Fellowship" tab above.

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PFVCSDI Welcomes 16-17 Postdoctoral Fellows Douglas Ahler and Marika Csapo

CSDI is happy to announce that our 16-17 Postdoctoral Fellows have arrived to begin their appointments.

Douglas Ahler  recently earned his Ph.D.from  the University of California Berkeley. His research focuses on American politics, public opinion, representation, and political psychology. In the fall of 2017 he will head to Florida State University where he has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Political Science.

Marika Csapo was just granted her Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles. Her academic interests include local Brazilian politics, the politics of development, social policy and public services, health politics, and methods for dealing with non-exchangeable data in Bayesian data analysis.

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MoCSDI Faculty Affiliate Marc Hetherington's books win awards.

Marc Hetherington's book "Why Washington Won't Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the governing Crisis" co authored by Thomas Rudolph received the very prestigious Alexander L. George book award of the International Soceity of Political Psychology. Hetherington's previous book "Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics" co-written with Jonathan Weiler and released in 2009 received the American Political Science Association's Philip E. Converse Award for an outstanding book published at least five years ago.

 

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Upcoming Events

8/25/17 - lunch seminar with Alex Theodoridis, CSDI SVS

9/8/17 - lunch seminar with Nicholas Eubank, CSDI postdoc

9/15/17 - lunch seminar with Patricia Kirkland, CSDI postdoc

Latest Research

4/12/17 - CSDI Working Paper 2017-5 titled "Political Inequality in Affluent Democracies: The Social Welfare Deficit." has been released. The paper is authored by Larry M. Bartels

3/28/17 - CSDI Working Paper 2017-4 titled "Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Senate." has been released. The paper is authored by Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman

2/27/17 - CSDI Working Paper 2017-3 titled "When Do the Advantaged See the Disadvantages of Others? A Quasi-Experimental Study of National Service." has been released. The paper is authored by Katharine Conn and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo.

2/21/17 - CSDI Working Paper 20172 titled "Personnel System Under Stress: Results of the 2014 Survey on the Future of Government Service" has been released. The Paper is authored by David E. Lewis and Mark D. Richardson.

1/9/17 - CSDI Workng Paper 2017-1 titled "Political Control and the Presidential Spending Power" has been released. The paper is authored by David E. Lewis

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Media Spotlight

Washington Post - Monkey Cage - 6/29/17 - Affiliate Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden - "Senators used to excel at lawmaking. Now, not so much. Here's what needs to change."

Washington Post - Monkey Cage - 4/27/17 - Co-Director David Lewis demonstrates how "So far, Trump is really struggling as a chief executive. "

Washington Post - Monkey Cage - 3/2/17 - Co- Director David Lewis explains "Why Donald Trump needs the 'administrative state' that Steve Bannon wants to Destroy."

FoxNews.com - 2/2/2017 - Co- Director David Lewis explains how "President Trump can dampen the criticism by revving up his hiring machine."

The Hill - 2/5/17-  Co- Director David Lewis argues "Reducing federal debt will require Trump to take a holistic approach."

The Conversation - 1/26/17 - Co-Director David Lewis discusses the Trump administration and its handling of the federal workforce in "Trump takes on federal workforce of 2.8 million that's showing signs of stress."

Washington Post- Monkey Cage - 1/4/17 -  Affiliate Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden discuss "How term limits for committee chairs make Congress less effective."

Washington Post- Monkey Cage - 1/3/17 -  Affiliate Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden ask "Does bipartisanship even work in today's polarized Congress? Yes."


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