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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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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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