Wisconsin Public Radio Program on My Book

I discussed Artists of the Possible on the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. You can listen to the interview (with call-ins) here: http://www.wpr.org/shows/policy-making-has-little-do-public-interest

New Review and Media

In a new review for the Journal of Politics, Anne Baker says of The Not-So-Special Interests: “From its rigorous theoretical frameworks to its comprehensive and diverse data analysis, this book represents the gold standard to which interest group studies should aspire.”

For my new book, Artists of the Possible, I will be on the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio on June 25th and the New Books Network podcast on June 23rd.


MSU has approved my tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.

Sunlight Foundation Blogging: Interest Groups in Policy Change

MSU Washington Semester Program

I will be helping with MSU’s Washington Semester Program starting in Spring 2015. I will likely make three trips to DC and teach an online-hybrid course on American national policymaking. There are scholarships available for students interested in interning in DC.

For more information, see below.

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My Washington Post Op-Ed: The Liberal Arc of Policy

My op-ed in the Washington Post. “The arc of the policy universe is long, but it bends toward liberalism… History shows that a do-nothing Congress is a conservative’s best-case scenario.” 

The op-ed was discussed at the Washington Monthly, the Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute, and on Mark Levin’s radio show and Albert Mohler’s podcast. I also appeared on Real News TV and WILS Capital City Recap to discuss it.

Here is a related MSU press release on my book.

Republicans think in Ideology, Democrats in group benefits

Dave Hopkins and I articulate the fundamental difference between how each party thinks about politics and behaves in government in our Midwest paper. It helps explain why there is no Tea Party equivalent on the Democratic side. Jonathan Chait discussed it in a recent post on Obamacare and Nate Silver highlighted its significance.

Posts on The Monkey Cage

Artists of the Possible Now Shipping

My next book, Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945 is now shipping on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book can also be ordered directly from Oxford University Press. The book is part of the Studies in Postwar American Political Development series. Here is the table of contents and the blurbs:



Chapter 1: The Insularity of American Policymaking

Chapter 2: Aggregating Policy History

Chapter 3: Does the Issue Agenda Matter?

Chapter 4: The Long Great Society

Chapter 5: Issue Politics and the Policy Process

Chapter 6: Explaining Policy Change


"This book is a significant contribution to policy studies.  It is rooted in vast, meticulous research, and its ‘governing networks’ motif works out nicely.  It throws an original light on the American policy explosion of the 1960s and 1970s." - David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University

"Why does government do what it does? If Matt Grossmann is right, voters, elections, polls, and the media, matter less than you think, and elite networks matter more. This data-driven book maps—quite literally—the internal dynamics that govern the networks that govern the rest of us. Its arguments will intrigue and often provoke conservatives and liberals alike." - Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

hss“Artists of the Possible is certain to attract scholarly attention, spark debate, and spur new theorizing and research on American policymaking. Grossmann builds a new data set from hundreds of policy histories to challenge major approaches to understanding policy change and to formulate an alternative argument, one that raises fascinating and troubling questions about democratic government.”—Thomas Mann, co-author of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks

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