Frances Lee Op-Ed in NY Times: A Senate Majority Is Overrated. (We Checked.)

Nov. 18, 2020

Frances Lee, with her co-author James Curry, has an op-ed in The New York Times on policy achievement when bipartisan support for legislative proposals is built in divided government. In A Senate Majority Is Overrated. (We Checked.), they write that their research demonstrates that divided government sometimes overperforms expectations.

Rather than steamrollering their opposition, majority parties achieve more policy success by building bipartisan support. This is true regardless of unified or divided party control and no less true amid today’s polarization....Our political system is not conducive to unfettered majoritarianism. Despite party polarization, building bipartisan support for legislative proposals remains by far the most likely path to policy achievement.

Frances E. Lee is professor of politics and public affairs and CSDP faculty associate at Princeton University. James Curry is associate professor of political science at the University of Utah. They are the authors of “The Limits of Party.”