PIPE Workshop: Melinda Ritchie, UC Riverside

Legislators as Lobbyists Policy is produced by elected and unelected officials and through the interactions of branches of government. We consider how such interactions affect policy outcomes and representation. We argue that legislators try to influence bureaucratic decisions through direct communication with federal agencies, and that such contact is effective and has consequences for policy…

PIPE Workshop: Graeme Boushey, UC Irvine

The Gift of Gridlock: Divided Government, Bureaucratic Autonomy, and the Politics of Rulemaking in the American States Scholars of American politics debate the consequences of polarized and divided government on lawmaking, but have largely neglected the impact of institutional conflict on the policy outputs of the bureaucracy. We argue that gridlock empowers bureaucrats, as conflict…

PIPE* Research Talk: Matthew Beckmann, UC Irvine

“Inside the Oval Office: Where Presidents Discipline the Presidency” Time-management poses a defining challenge of the modern presidency, which is why “scheduling” gets vetted carefully, decided systematically, and implemented fastidiously. While countless profiles and memoirs detail each president’s “behind-the-scenes” work habits, systematic evidence and analysis remain thin. Here, Beckmann offers a new look at presidents’ work…

PIPE* Research Talk: Jennifer Merolla, UCRiverside

Terrorism, Gender, and the 2016 Presidential Election Jennifer Merolla, Professor, Political Science, University of California, Riverside, received her PhD in Political Science from Duke University, 2003. Prior to joining the University of California, Riverside, she served as Assistant Professor (2003-2009) and then Associate Professor of Political Science (2009-2015) at Claremont Graduate University. Merolla’s research focuses on…

PIPE Collaborative: Jordan Carr Peterson, PhD student, USC

September 26, 2017 “Private Interests in American Public Institutions” Much of my current research, including my dissertation, focuses on the role played by public officials’ private financial and investment choices in their policy decisions. For instance, I consider whether and by what means bureaucrats and judges make regulatory and adjudicatory decisions based on the extent to which they…

PIPE* Collaborative: Chris Tausanovitch, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UCLA

“Measuring Policy Preferences” Chris Tausanovitch, assistant professor of Political Science at UCLA, will be discussing his research. For more than a half-century, scholars have grappled with the question of whether Americans’ responses to policy questions reflect a shared belief system, or indeed anything more than a spur-of-the-moment inclination. However, surveys typically ask only a few questions…