U.S. Politics Publications

McConnell’s Lament Stirs Fresh Breeze of Hope

Jan 29, 2014
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), in a floor speech January 8, lamented the sorry state of the Senate today, admitted that both parties are to blame for turning the chamber into a campaign studio, and promised to return to deliberative policy making body if Republicans regain majority control next year. more

Czar Speaker Is Vindicated on Overthrow Ruling

Jan 17, 2014
When the House of Representatives removed Speaker Joe Cannon as chairman of the Rules Committee in 1910, it did so by overturning his ruling that changing House rules from the floor is not a constitutional right. Before Cannon left office in 1911, the House reversed itself, perhaps in part because Democrats would be in the majority two months later. The tale is a cautionary one for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who recently changed Senate filibuster rules. more

Senate Leader Reid’s Rule Recalls House Czar Speaker Reed

Dec 23, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unilateral procedural maneuver to effectively change Senate filibuster rules on presidential nominations, resembled the actions of Republican House Speaker Thomas Reed in 1890 to eliminated minority party obstruction. Both moves met with heavy resistance from the minority party. more

Are Committed Ideologues Making Governing Impossible?

Nov 22, 2013
Neither political ideology nor electoral concerns are solely responsible for paralyzing polarization in Congress. Both are, combined with divided party government and fragile majorities in both houses that could flip at the next election. more

Don’t Dismiss Bicameral Working Group Out of Hand

Oct 25, 2013
A House passed bill to create a ""Bipartisan Working group on Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth" could provide an opening for a larger deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. more

Procedural Maneuvers Go Nowhere in Twin Crises

Oct 25, 2013
The twin crises of a government shutdown and near debt default were prolonged by procedural moves and countermoves that went nowhere, with Congress eventually stumbling out the exit, kicking the can down the road once more. more

Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy

Sep 17, 2013
Sustaining U.S.-China Cooperation in Clean Energy (Wilson Center Publication) provides a governmental and private-sector overview of the complex dynamics of competition and cooperation behind U.S. and Chinese national efforts to develop their solar, wind, and other alternative energy industries. more

Globalization and America's Trade Agreements by William Krist

Globalization and America's Trade Agreements

Sep 10, 2013
Globalization and America's Trade Agreements reviews the impact of the United States' complex trade agreements of the past 25 years, and examines the issues in recent rounds of GATT/WTO negotiations and numerous free trade agreements. more

Religion and Politics in Europe and the United States: Transnational Historical Approaches edited by Volker Depkat and Jurgen Martschukat

Religion and Politics in Europe and the United States: Transnational Historical Approaches

Jul 24, 2013
Religion and Politics in Europe and the United States compares the dynamic relationships between religion and public life in the United States and Europe from the early modern era to today by examining a series of public issues for which religious arguments have often been crucial. more

What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact by Andrew Selee

What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact

Jul 24, 2013
What Should Think Tanks Do? is the first guide specifically tailored to think tanks, policy research, and advocacy organizations. Andrew Selee draws on interviews with members of leading think tanks, as well as cutting-edge thinking in business and nonprofit management, to provide strategies for setting policy-oriented goals and shaping public opinion.  more

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The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.