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Legislative Politics and Policymaking

A fundamental question in democratic governance is how public preferences are channeled through representative assemblies into policy outcomes.   Central to answering this question is a need to understand how variations in rules and parliamentary procedures influence the legislative strategies adopted by elected representatives, which ultimately lead to the promulgation of new policies. CSDI scholars and affiliates investigate these questions, as well as studying the impacts that political parties, interest groups, and other public and private interests have on the production of legislative policies. 

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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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