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Political Representation: Fifty Years After Miller & Stokes


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Conference Papers 

"The Beginnings of Representation in America:  The Relationship between Representatives and Constituents in the Colonial Era"  Peverill Squire

"Women Don't Run? Election Aversion and Candidate Entry"   Kristin Kanthak and Jonathan Woon

"The Legislative Median and Policymaking in Multiparty Governments"  Lanny Martin and Georg Vanberg

"Representation in Context: Election Laws and Ideological Congruence Between Citizens and Governments"                    G. Bingham Powell, Jr.  

"Has Joint Scaling Solved the Achen Objection to Miller and Stokes" Jeffrey Lewis and Chris Tausanovitch

"Rewarding Effort, not Results:  How Parties Own Issues Because of Their Priorities, not Their Performance"            Patrick J. Egan

On The Representativeness of Primary Electorates" John Sides and Lynn Vavreck

"What Politicians Believe About Their Constituents: Asymmetric Misperceptions and Prospects for Constituency Control" David E. Broockman and Christopher Skovron

*Slides for presentation

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Upcoming Events

10/9/15-CSDI Lunch Seminar - Larry Bartels - Vanderbilt University

10/23/15-CSDI Lunch Seminar - Joshua Murray, Vanderbilt & Jennifer Heerwig, Stony Brook University

11/13/15-CSDI Lunch Seminar - Leo Arriola, University of California, Berkeley

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Latest Research



6/30/15 CSDI Working Paper 2015-2 titled "Controlling Agency Choke Points: Presidents and Regulatory Personnel Turnover" has been released. The paper is authored by Kathleen M. Doherty, David E. Lewis and Scott Limbocker.

4/1/15 CSDI Working Paper 2015-1 titled"Incorporating Legislative Effectiveness into Nonmarket Strategy: The Case of Financial Services Reform and the Great Recession"has been released. The paper is authored by Craig Volden and CSDI Affiliate Alan E. Wiseman.

12/19/14 CSDI Working Paper 2014-7 titled ''Spatial Models of Legislative Effectiveness''has been released. The paper is authored by Matthew P. HittCraig Volden, and CSDI Affiliate Alan E. Wiseman.

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Media Spotlight - 8/19/15 - CSDI Co-Director Josh Clinton, graduate affiliate Carrie Roush, and Dr. John Lapinski, Director of the Elections Unit at NBC news take a closer look at Trump supporters.

Washington Post - 8/3/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis and graduate affiliate Mark Richardson's Survey on the Future of Government Service is examined - 7/22/15 - CSDI Co-director John Geer is quoted in an article about Donald Trump's participation in the upcoming republican presidential debate in Cleveland.

The Fiscal Times - 7/20/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis is quoted in an article about Jeb Bush's plan to reduce the federal workforce.

Newsweek -7/17/15 - CSDI Co-Director David Lewis discusses "How to Keep Good People Working in Government."

Tennessean - 7/10/15 - CSDI Co-Directors Joshua Clinton and John Geer Op-Ed, "Beware of Internal Polls to Name Nashville's Next Mayor


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