SSRC Anxieties of Democracy Institutions Working Group

Fri, Oct 28, 2016 (All day) to Sat, Oct 29, 2016 (All day)

October 28-29, 2016

Princeton University's Department of Politics and Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) are co-sponsoring this meeting of the Social Science Research Council's Anxieties of Democracy Working Group on Institutions.  The goal of this conference is to bring social science to bear on contemporary anxieties about the capacity and performance of American governing institutions.


Friday, October 28

8:30 - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00-9:45am Sam Rosenfeld (Hamilton College) and Daniel Schlozman (Johns Hopkins University): The Hollow Parties
Discussant: Eric Schickler (Berkeley)
9:45- 10:30am Anthony Chen (Northwestern): In the Private Interest? American Democracy and Business Power
Discussant: Cathie Jo Martin (Boston University)
10:30-11:00am Break
11 – 11:45am Daniel Gillion (University of Pennsylvania): Minority Protest and the Early Stages of Governmental Responsiveness in the Electoral Process
Discussant: Megan Ming Francis (University of Washington)
11:45 – 12:30pm Lee Drutman (New America), Matt Grossmann (Michigan State), and Tim LaPira (James Madison): The Interest Group Top Tier: Lobbying Inequality and American Governance
Discussant: Dara Strolovitch (Princeton)
12:30-1:00pm Lunch
1:00– 1:45pm Ken Benoit (LSE), Kevin Munger (NYU) and Arthur Spirling (NYU): Measuring and Explaining Political Sophistication Through Textual Complexity
Discussant: Burt Monroe (Penn State)
1:45 - 2:30pm James Curry (University of Utah) and Frances Lee (University of Maryland): Congress at Work: Legislative Capacity and Entrepreneurship in the Contemporary Congress
Discussant: R. Douglas Arnold (Princeton)
2:30-3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00pm Suzanne Mettler (Cornell) and Claire Leavitt (Cornell): Public Policy & Political Dysfunction
Discussant: Sarah Binder (GW)
4:15 – 5:00pm David Spence (University of Texas): The Effects of Polarization on the Bureaucracy
Discussant: Gillian Metzger (NYU)
5:15- 6:00pm Peter Hanson (Grinnell College) and Lee Drutman (New America): Does Regular Order Produce a More Deliberative Congress? Evidence from the Annual Appropriations Process
Discussant: Mark Schmitt (New America)

Saturday, October 29

8:30 - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00- 9:45am Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton): Senators’ Responsiveness to Donors versus Voters
Discussant: Charles Stewart (MIT)
9:45 – 10:30am Nolan McCarty (Princeton): Polarization, Congressional Dysfunction, and Constitutional Change
Discussant: Dan Carpenter (Harvard)
10:30 -11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:15pm Roundtable: Comparative Perspectives on American Anxieties
12:15 - 12:30pm Wrap-up