Shorter Writings

What Does McKinley’s Election in 1896 Teach Us About Today?” in The Washington Post Opinion Section, December, 2015

Congress as a Handler of Challenges:  The Historical Record,” in The Historical Record in Studies in American Political Development, October, 2015

Robert A. Dahl:  Questions, Concepts, Proving It,” in Journal of Political Power, 2015

(with Matthew I. Bettinger) “What can Obama expect from his Last Congress?”  The Monkey Cage, Washington Post, July 9, 2014
–Reposted in RealClearPolitics, July 11, 2014

Elections,” ch. In Robert Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler, and Richard Valelly (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of American Political Development (Oxford UP online edition, 2014)

“Is The Seven Year Itch Just A Senate Thing?”, published on the Mischief of Faction blog, January 13, 2014.

“The Least Productive Congress in History?” published in Politico Magazine, December 23, 2013.

“The Senate and the Nuclear Option,” published on the ISPS Lux et Data blog, November 22, 2013.

“Anxieties of Democracy,” short writeup for conference on “Anxieties of Democracy,” at Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn, NY, June 13, 2013.

“The Long 1950s as a Policy Era,” chapter in Jeffery Jenkins and Sidney Milkis (eds.), The Politics of Major Policy Reform (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013).

“The Meaning of the 2012 Election,” chapter 9 in Michael Nelson (ed.), The Elections of 2012 (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2013).

“Patterns in American Elections,” chapter in Robert Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler, and Richard Valelly (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of American Political Development (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013).

“Earning More Seats with Fewer Votes: Why the 1996 House Election Results are Not Necessarily a Good Analogy for 2012,” The Monkey Cage, December 6, 2012.

“Politics, Elections, and Policymaking,” ch. 13 in Martin A. Levin, Daniel DiSalvo & Martin M. Shapiro (eds.), Building Coalitions, Making Policy: The Politics of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Presidencies (Johns Hopkins Press, 2012).

“Understanding U.S. Presidential Elections,” Princeton University Press Blog, April 2, 2012.

“Lawmaking as a Cognitive Enterprise,” ch. 12 in Jeffery A. Jenkins and Eric M. Patashnik (eds.), Living Legislation: Durability, Change, and the Politics of American Lawmaking (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

“Which was the most important U.S. election ever?” Washington Post Outlook section, February 19, 2012.

“Theorizing about Congress,” chapter 38 in Eric Schickler and Frances Lee (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress (Oxford University Press, 2011).

“Legislative Obstruction,” review essay centered on Gregory Koger, Filibustering (2010), in Perspectives on Politics 8:4 (December 2010), 1145-54.

“Is Congress ‘the Broken Branch’?” Boston University Law Review 89:2 (April 2009), 357-69.

“The Meaning of the 2008 Election,” chapter 9 in Michael Nelson (ed.), The Elections of 2008 (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2009).

“Incumbency Advantage in Presidential Elections: The Historical Record,” Political Science Quarterly 123:2 (Summer 2008), 201-28.

“Events as Causes: The Case of American Politics,” ch. 4 in Ian Shapiro and Sonu Bedi (eds.), Political Contingency: Studying the Unexpected, the Accidental, and the Unforeseen (New York: NYU Press, 2007).

“Congress as Problem Solver,” ch. 10 in Alan Gerber and Eric M. Patashnik (eds.), Promoting the General Welfare: New Perspectives on Government Performance (Brookings, 2006).

“Lawmaking and History,” ch. 10 in E. Scott Adler and John S. Lapinski (eds.), The Macropolitics of Congress (Princeton University Press, 2006).

“Actions in the Public Sphere,” ch. 3 in Paul J, Quirk and Sarah A. Binder (eds.), Institutions of American Democracy: The Legislative Branch (Oxford University Press, 2005).

“Suggested Guidelines for Periodization,” Polity 37:4 (October 2005), 531-35.

“Wars and American Politics,” Perspectives on Politics 3 (2005), 473-93.

“Supermajority Rule in the U.S. Senate,” PS: Political Science and Politics 39 (2003), 31-36.