Course Readings

Topic 1: Polarization in Congress
[1] McCarty, Nolan, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal (2006). Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches. Cambridge: The MIT Press. Chapter 2, pages 15-22.

Topic 2: Congress and Public Opinion
[2] Fiorina, Morris P., Samuel J. Abrams, and Jeremy C. Pope (2005). Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America. Chapters 1 and 2.

Topic 3: Congressional Elections and Representation
[3] Erikson, Robert S. and Gerald C. Wright (2005). Voters, Candidates, and Issues in Congressional Elections. In Congress Reconsidered 8th Edition, Edited by Dodd, Lawrence C. and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. Washington: CQ Press. Chapter 4.
[4] Canes-Wrone, Brandice, David W. Brady, and John F. Cogan (2002). Out of Step, Out of Office: Electoral Accountability of House Members Voting. American Political Science Review 1:127-140.

Topic 4: Redistricting and Gerrymandering
[5] The Redistricting Game.
[7] Toobin, Jeffrey (2006). Drawing the Line: Will Tom Delay's Redistricting in Texas Cost Him His Seat? The New Yorker, March 6, 2006.

Topic 5: Budget Politics
[8] Alvarez, R. Michael, and Jason L. Saving (1997). Congressional Committees and the Political Economy of Federal Outlays. Public Choice 92:55-73.
[9] Anzia, Sarah F., and Christopher R. Berry (2011). The Jackie (and Jill) Robinson Effect: Why Do Congresswomen Outperform Congressmen? American Journal of Political Science 55:478-493.
[10] Smolowe, Jill (1995). Sticks and Stones. Time, November 27, 1995.

Topic 6: Legislative Procedure
[11] Oleszek Walter J. (2007). Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process. Chapter 2.
[12] Saturno, James V. (2006). How Measures are Brought to the House Floor: A Brief Introduction. Congressional Research Service Report.

Topic 7: The Filibuster
[13] Binder, Sarah. A. and Steven S. Smith (1997). Politics of Principle? Filibustering in the United States Senate. Chapters 1 and 2.
[14] Klotz, Robert (2004). The Nuclear Option for Stopping Filibusters. PS: Political Science and Politics 37:843-846.
[15] Everett, Burgess, and Seung Min Kim (2013). Senate Goes for "Nuclear Option". Politico.

Topic 8: Gridlock
[16] Binder, Sarah A. (1999). The Dynamics of Legislative Gridlock, 1947-1996. American Political Science Review 93:519-533.
[17] Bumiller, Elisabeth (2006). For President, Final Say on a Bill Sometimes Comes After Signing. New York Times, January 16, 2006.
[18] Savage, Charlie (2009). Obama's Embrace of a Bush Tactic Riles Congress. New York Times, August 8, 2009.

Topic 9: Committees
[19] Fenno, Richard F. (1973). Congressmen in Committees. Pages 1-26.
[20] Cox, Gary W., and Mathew D. McCubbins (1993). Legislative Leviathan. Chapters 7.

Topic 10: Parties and Agenda Control
[21] Cox, Gary W. and Mathew D. McCubbins (2005). Setting the Agenda: Responsible Party Government in the U.S. House of Representatives. Chapters 2 and 5, pages 87-96.
[22] Binder, Sarah (1996). The Partisan Basis of Procedural Choice: Allocating Parliamentary Rights in the House, 1789-1990. American Political Science Review 90:8-20.
[23] Richman, Jesse (2011). Parties, Pivots, and Policy: The Status Quo Test. American Political Science Review 105:151-165.

Topic 11: Money in Politics
[24] Ansolabehere, Stephen, and John M. de Figueiredo, and James M. Snyder, Jr. (2003). Why is There So Little Money in U.S. Politics? Journal of Economic Perspectives 17:105-130.