PIPE* Workshop: Sarah Anderson, UCSB

Legislative solutions to society’s pressing problems usually require compromise, but we find that around a quarter of state legislators and many elected city officials reject proposals that move policy in their preferred direction and make them better off. The legislators who reject compromise proposals tend to be those who perceive that their voters – especially their primary voters – are likely to punish them for compromising. This threat of punishment also affects the voting behavior of members of Congress.

Democrats’ road to winning back the House goes through California

Los Angeles Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the prospects of the Democratic Party picking up seats in the House of Representatives through California-based midterm elections. “Every little bit of conventional wisdom was overturned in 2016,” says Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a fellow at the USC Price School of Public Policy…