As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. If you have more recent summaries to add to this collection, send them my way I guess. Sorry for the ads; they cover the costs of keeping this online. Pivotal politics. He argues that divided government does not explain why and when gridlock will occur i.
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Politicians and pundits alike have complained that the divided governments of the last decades have led to legislative gridlock. Gridlock is in fact the order of the day, occurring even when the same party controls the legislative and executive branches. Meticulously researched and anchored to real politics, Krehbiel argues that the pivotal vote on a piece of legislation is not the one that gives a bill a simple majority, but the vote that allows its supporters to override a possible presidential veto or to put a halt to a filibuster.
This theory of pivots also explains why, when bills are passed, winning coalitions usually are bipartisan and supermajority sized. Symposium participants will ask: how well, after almost 20 years, has the theory held up? Does a focus on pivotal votes in Congress still help explain the lawmaking process? How do data, methodological, and theoretical advances in political science over the last two decades shape how we view pivotal politics today? And to what degree will the theory continue to have influence in the future?
Keith Krehbiel is the Edward B. He specializes in political institutions and has published two books and dozens of articles on U. Pivotal Politics: A Theory of U.
Pivotal Politics Symposium