Category Archives: Legislative Theory

The Cordray Appointment and Congress’s Crisis of Legitimation

Last week Richard Cordray received what the White House called a “recess” appointment to serve as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  (side note: during break I was surprised to learn that a family member was his roommate … Continue reading

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Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Plott’s Equation

Inspired by Hans Noel’s “10 Things Political Scientists Know that You Don’t,” Josh, Jordan, Will and I are rolling out a semi-regular series that borrows the idea  and applies lessons from the new institutionalism to politics.  While Noel’s piece generally … Continue reading

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The Debt Ceiling and the Decline of American Democracy

Jacob Hacker and Oona Hathaway, both professors at Yale University, have a very good op-ed in today’s New York Times. I definitely recommend it. To sum up their argument, the U.S. has a democracy problem. The U.S. Government is unable … Continue reading

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Debt Ceiling: An Artificial Crisis?

If you haven’t visited the Monkey Cage recently, you should. There are excellent posts from Bryan Jones and Sarah Binder, among others on the debt ceiling and how it relates to broader political issues. What strikes me most about the … Continue reading

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“Washington is broken.” Good point. Why is nobody trying to repair it?

Since bipartisan “hope” in Obama’s first campaign has worn off, we are back to accepting the Washington’s “broken” politics.  Of course, by “Washington” people mean “Congress.” However, when it comes to actually fixing the problem nobody is stepping up to … Continue reading

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Belatedly Breaking Silence on Filibuster Reform

Before I move on to the point of this post, let’s raise our glasses to the lack of filibuster reform. Without the McConnell and Reed deal, we might have changed our blog’s name to some other obscure procedural reference. For … Continue reading

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The Amendments are Coming!

After several weeks of relatively little legislative activity, we got a great look at the voting procedure for the US House this week.  In just five days, members of the House recorded more than 110 votes as they considered a … Continue reading

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