My book, The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance, is now available from Stanford University Press. The book explains why certain public groups, such as Jews, lawyers, and gun-owners, develop substantially more representation than others and why certain organizations, like the National Rifle Association, become the presumed spokespersons for these groups in all types of media and all branches of government.
I have published journal articles on political party networks, interest groups, negative campaigning, the consulting industry, group theory, ethnic representation, environmental organizations, technology policy debates, campaign professionalization, and public opinion about campaigns. I am also co-author of Campaigns & Elections: Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice (from W. W. Norton).
My current research covers the political circumstances and governing networks driving policy change in American domestic policymaking since 1945. It will culminate in my next book, Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945.
In addition to academic work, I wrote a state commission report on the use of the Internet in political campaigns and co-authored a book on campaign strategy for practitioners. I also serve as the director of the Michigan Policy Network, an outlet for online reporting and research on state policy by MSU undergraduates.