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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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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." - 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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