Legislative Productivity and Gridlock

Sarah A. Binder

in The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199559947
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

Legislative Productivity and Gridlock

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Almost twenty five years ago The Handbook of Legislative Research was written. Interestingly, elections, voting, committees, and leadership dominated the book more than lawmaking. In recent surveys of legislative scholarship, macro-level questions on Congress as a lawmaking body have begun to take center stage although the traditional focus on elections, voting, and institutional features of Congress still cast a long shadow over questions. This article focuses on the studies of legislative performance. It reviews recent developments in the literature, and provides some guidance about the future direction of scholarship in the area of legislative performance and productivity.

Keywords: U.S. Congress; lawmaking; legislative scholarship; legislative performance; legislative productivity

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Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Institutions

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