The Program in American Politics sponsors major studies of important aspects of American politics. It is directed by Center Director Steven Smith. The program has produced a multitude of books, journal articles, and publications related to the study of American Politics. The most recent The Senate Syndrome: The Evolution of Procedural Warfare in the U.S. Senate The American Congress (published in 2014 and authored by Smith), puts the present problems of the Senate—the “Senate syndrome,” as Smith calls them—into historical context by explaining how particular ideas and procedures were first framed and how they transformed with the times.. Recent presented papers in 2014 include those on “Ideological Labels in America,” and “Public Attitudes About Supreme Court Decision-Making: Sources of Instability in Beliefs about Legal Realism.”
An NSF-funded project by Professors Steve Smith and James Gibson, "Majority Rule and Minority Rights: A Panel Study of Democratic Values and Attitudes toward Senate Filibuster Among the American Public," examined public attitudes about majority rule, minority rights, and the Senate filibuster. The reserarchers used the data and results collected to provide a missing link in studies of mass attitudes, instituional legitimacy, and support, as well as elite behavior in American national institions. Visit http://thedata.harvard.edu/dvn/dv/wc to see the results of the data.
On June 27, 2009 Professor Springer was asked to testify at the initial meeting of the Democratic National Committee's Democratic Change Commission in Washington, DC. Her presentation was a lecture drawing on her work in the book. The focus was on issues regarding timing of the current nomination process and the historical information on the nomination process. In her talk, she also presented some findings about public attitudes toward reform drawing from her survey work with James Gibson.
BOOKS AND PAPERS
June 2015 - The Particularistic President: Executive Branch Politics and Political Inequality - by Douglas Kriner and Andrew Reeves (Washington University in St. Louis)
June 2014 - Harry Reid and the Study of Senate Party Leadership - by Steven Smith - not for quotation or citation
August 2013 - The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (Chicago Series on International and Domestic Institutions) - by William Howell, Saul Jackman, and Jon Rogowski (Washington University in St. Louis)
December 2012- The Social Citizen: Peer Networks and Political Behavior (Chicago Studies in Ameircan Politics) - by Betsy Sinclair (Washington University in St. Louis)
March 2006 - The Politics of Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court - by Thomas Hansford and James Spriggs (Washington University in St. Louis)