Jonathan Lewallen

Award Information

Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants 2017

Turnover, Agreement, and Dissent in Congressional Committees

Committees are traditionally where members of Congress have developed the issue expertise and personal connections needed to forge agreement over policy problems and solutions. The proposed research will collect new data on agreement and dissent within committee reports sending legislation to the chamber and analyze how turnover and leadership term limits hinder agreement on how to make policy. This research would extend a larger book project on the decline of legislating in Congress and enable future projects on committee policymaking in a way that combines political science with the study of organizations, turnover, and capacity.