Democracy Paper: “Closed-Door Compromise—If Politicians Will Show Up” | Sarah E. Anderson and 2016-2017 Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants recipients Daniel Butler and Laurel Harbridge-Yong discuss the importance of private negotiations for successful legislative compromise.
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The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants initiative, which ran from December 2016 to January 2019, provided funding to two cohorts of researchers with diverse backgrounds and sets of expertise to study legislative negotiations in Congress.
Processes of negotiating agreement in Congress are under great stress, as American politics is dominated by intense party polarization, limited agreement among representatives, gridlock, and public distrust. Yet we know very little about the specific challenges of legislative negotiations in Congress, including which formal or informal institutions enable or hinder successful compromises. The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants initiative provided funding to a cohort of researchers with diverse backgrounds and sets of expertise. The ultimate goal of the initiative was twofold: to inspire a new generation of legislative negotiation scholars, and to create research with practical implications for policymakers.
The impetus for this grants program came from the 2013 American Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on Negotiating Agreement in Politics and was made possible by generous funding from the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative.
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The following individuals have supported the mission of the Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants Program:
Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard University
Professor of Political Science, George Washington University
Associate Professor of Political Science, Duke University
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations
Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Professor of Political Science, University of Washington