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  • 4/28/14  Working for a federal agency may have perks, but knowing exactly who your boss is, may not be one of them, says Wesley Lowrey of the Washington Post.. In the political blog post, Lowery, a Capitol Hill reporter, cites a singular study recently published in the American Journal of Political Science, "Influencing the Bureaucracy: The Irony of Congressional Oversight," co-written by CSDI Co-Directors Joshua C. Clinton, and David E. Lewis, and CSDI Graduate Fellow Jennifer L. Selin. "Essentially, the more congressional oversight committees are involved with policing a given agency, the less that agency perceives any of those committees as influential over how it should behave," Lowery writes."Even Congress itself has a hard time telling which committees have jurisdiction over different issues," Lowery quotes Lewis as saying. "The people who are running programs and agencies turn to the White House for policy guidance, not to Congress."
  • 4/16/14 Can the Republican Party thrive on white identity? is CSDI Co-Director Larry Bartels latest post on the Washington Post Monkey Cage. A working paper co-authored by Vanderbilt political science Assistant Professor Cecilia Mo is referenced in the piece which examines identity politics in a more diverse future America.
  • 4/8/14 How money effects U.S. politics and policy are explored in CSDI Co-Director Larry Bartel's post Rich People Rule! in the Washington Post Monkey Cage.
  • 2/26/14 In America's War on Poverty, the free market is AWOL, CSDI Co-Director Larry Bartels writes that while the gross domestic product has increased 75 percent since 1967, more than 40 percent of American's household incomes are no higher than they were forty years ago. The notion that free enterprise would raise all the (proverbial) boats in the harbor, or distribute wealth to the Americans has just not come to pass, he concludes. Read more of this post in the Washington Post Monkey Cage. 

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NYT -In an analysis of the upcoming British general election, Paul Krugman draws on research by Larry Bartels ( to support the claim that voters' "short memories" provide "little or no political reward for good policy."

Tennessean -  Reports "Vanderbilt receives $1M grant to combat child labor." The $1M grant was awarded to CSDI Affiliate Cecilia Mo from the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Washington Post - Larry Bartels asks "Can 'conservative principles' boost working-class incomes?"

Washington Post - Alan Wiseman and Craig Volden outline "The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Legislators."

Tennessean - Latest Vanderbilt Poll showcases Tennesseans' views on abortion, Common Core and Medicaid Expansion

NYT - Larry Bartels has documented that the rich have about three times as much influence as the poor on votes in the United States Senate.

VoxWhy the Israel-Palestine conversation is so polarized -  A 2006 study by Larry Bartels and Chris Achen (Princeton) is referenced. 

Vanderbilt News In 2013, Seigenthaler and author David Maraniss co-led a conversation at the First Amendment Center about the Gettysburg Address to mark its 150th anniversary...

Washington Post  - U.S. presidential election results, for example, can be remarkably and accurately predicted by economic growth preceding the election...

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