Asymmetric Politics Project
David Hopkins and I are working on a project on the implications of party asymmetry in American politics. We see the Republican Party as an agent of an ideological movement and the Democratic Party as a coalition of social groups and believe this distinction helps explain the influence of the Tea Party and the lack of an equivalent movement among Democrats.
Two papers are available from the project: “The Ideological Right vs. The Interest Group Left" from MPSA 2014 and ”Policymaking in Red and Blue: Asymmetric Partisan Politics and American Governance" from APSA 2014.
Our book proposal is available here: “Asymmetric Politics: The Republican Ideological Movement and the Democratic Group Coalition.”
The project has also stimulated media interest:
- “Why Democrats and Republicans don’t understand each other" by Ezra Klein on Vox.com
- “No end in sight to the polarization vortex" by Dan Balz in the Washington Post.
- “The Obamacare Train Did Not Wreck" by Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine.
- “The GOP’s Anti-Obamcare Dogma" by Andrew Sullivan in The Dish.
- This tweet from Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.
For further related reading, see my book Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945, my op-ed “The Liberal Arc of U.S. Policy,” my co-authored article “Party Coalitions and Interest Group Networks,” and this forthcoming article by Yphtach Lelkes and Paul Sniderman.
Podcast on Artists of the Possible
I was a guest on the New Books in Political Science podcast with Heath Brown to discuss my new book, Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945. Here is the link.
I was in DC for APSA, presenting these papers:
The Interest Group Top Tier: More Groups, Concentrated Clout. with Lee Drutman and Tim LaPira
The Issue Agenda and Judicial Policymaking, 1945-2004. with Brendon Swedlow.
The research was covered here:
Dan Balz, “No end in sight to the polarization vortex.”
Lee Drutman, “How the lobbying top tier explains an influence paradox.”
Campaigns & Elections course
I will be teaching Campaigns & Elections this fall. Students practice content analysis on media coverage of the governor’s race and follow a House, Senate, and state legislative race. Here is the syllabus.
Series Editor for Politics of American Public Policy
I will be serving as Series Editor for the Routledge book series, “Politics of American Public Policy.” I am now seeking proposals for books on health policy, environmental policy, education policy, social welfare, and tax & budget policy. Each book will cover one major issue area, integrating scholarly lessons with current events. The idea is to guide students to important theories of policymaking and research on American governance while capitalizing on their interests in specific substantive areas. Instead of becoming bogged down in policy details or historical narrative, the books will offer lessons on the key actors, ideas, institutions, and trends driving policymaking. Please contact me if you are able to offer an insightful and integrated approach to policymaking in a particular issue area.
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
I will be guest blogging at the Sunlight Foundation this week.
2nd: What it takes to be a major player in policymaking (more than $$)
The Daily Caller covered my post and research: Report: Special Interests More Influential Than Public Opinion
The National Memo also summarized the research: Report: Interest Groups Have Greatest Effect On Policy
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.