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HooReads! features Craig Volden

Date & Time

November 1 - January 31, 2016

Overview

2015 has been a ground-breaking year in Congressional legislation, yet how many of us know the process involved in producing these new and potentially radical policies? Join us with Craig Volden, Professor of Public Policy and Politics, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs as we delve into his new book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers, explores why some members of Congress are more effective than others, and reveals the strategies used by different lawmakers to advance their agendas.

Mr. Volden was named as U.Va.’s Alumni & Parent Engagement Outstanding Faculty Speaker in October of 2015, due mostly in part to his recent lectures on his new book. An attendee of one lecture stated he was “happy a professor at U.Va. was actively observing our legislatures and how they spend their time.”

Mr. Volden will appear in a webinar and provide a blog post for Thoughts From the Lawn which will be available for all alumni, parents and friends to view. You can purchase Mr. Volden’s new book online from the U.Va. Bookstore and share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to keep an eye out for posts from Lifetime Learning for a chance to win a signed copy of Mr. Volden’s book.

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Speaker(s)

Craig Volden

Associate Dean and Professor in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Craig Volden is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a professor of public policy and politics, with appointments in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. He studies legislative politics and the interaction among political institutions, with a focus on what policy choices arise from legislative-executive relations and from American federalism.

Before joining the Batten School, Professor Volden taught at Ohio State University, the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book, Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers, co-authored with Alan Wiseman, explores the effectiveness of individual members of Congress in overcoming policy gridlock. His most prominent work on issues of federalism focuses on why some policies diffuse across states and localities while others do not. He has published numerous articles in such journals as: American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Politics; Legislative Studies QuarterlyPublic Administration Review; Journal of Public Policy; and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

His current projects include studies of innovation and policy diffusion across states and localities, an examination of business-government relations regarding product quality regulations, and an analysis of the legislative effectiveness of individual members of Congress.

Featured Book

Legislative Effectiveness in the United States Congress: The Lawmakers

Book CoverThis book explores why some members of Congress are more effective than others at navigating the legislative process and what this means for how Congress is organized and what policies it produces. Craig Volden and Alan E. Wiseman develop a new metric of individual legislator effectiveness (the Legislative Effectiveness Score) that will be of interest to scholars, voters, and politicians alike. They use these scores to study party influence in Congress, the successes or failures of women and African Americans in Congress, policy gridlock, and the specific strategies that lawmakers employ to advance their agendas.

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