SOSS – Politics and IR Seminar Series – Talk on ‘Bipartisanship and Public Policy in the US’

Date/Time: Wed 22 Apr / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: N202, Menzies Building,

School of Social Sciences

Politics and IR Seminar Series

Talk on “Bipartisanship and Public Policy in the US”

Presented by
Prof. Charles R. Shipan

Political observers in the US regularly emphasize the need for Congress to act in a bipartisan manner. Yet the precise meaning of bipartisanship is usually left unclear, and we have at best anecdotal evidence regarding its presumably positive effects. In this project I make three contributions. First, I develop ways to measure bipartisanship at both the level of individual bills and sessions of Congress. Second, I identify claims made about the potential positive effects of bipartisanship. Third, building on the first two points, I analyse whether bipartisanship has the sorts of positive influence on public policy that its proponents claim.

Charles R. Shipan is a Visiting Fellow at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is also the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science and the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan, Shipan served at the University of Iowa and held positions as a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College in Dublin. Shipan is the author of two books, ‘Designing Judicial Review’ and ‘Deliberate Discretion?’ (coauthored with John Huber).

Please RSVP by 
Tuesday 21st April

For further information and to RSVP, please contact
Swati Parashar


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