Visualizing Lawmaking: The End of School House Rock?

Most of us learned (in school or by watching School House Rock) that members of Congress dream up solutions to problems in society, introduce them as bills and then struggle to advance those bills through a maze of procedural hurdles to become law. Of course, this civics portrayal of lawmaking … Continue reading

Wilkerson and Parker win Exemplary Research Award

CAPPP director John Wilkerson and research affiliate Walter Parker  received the prestigous 2013 Exemplary Research Award from the National Council for Social Studies. The award was for their experimental research examining the benefits of a project based learning approach to high school AP government classes. The project has also received … Continue reading

New book examines domestic politics of military spending

How is it that the United States—a country founded on a distrust of standing armies and strong centralized power—came to have the most powerful military in history? Long after World War II and the end of the Cold War, in times of rising national debt and reduced need for high … Continue reading

Using Plagiarism methods to trace the origins of the Affordable Care Act

John Wilkerson (Professor, CAPPP Director), Nicholas Stramp (Graduate Fellow), and David Smith (Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University) are investigating whether computer science text reuse methods commonly used to match gene sequences or to detect plagiarism can also be used to follow policy ideas through the legislative process. … Continue reading

Jochim and May win Best Article award

Ashley Jochim (Ph.D. 2012) and Professor Peter May were recently awarded the APSA Theodore J. Lowi prize for Best Article published in Policy Studies Journal in 2012 In the article they argue that homeland security provides a preeminent example of the challenges of developing policy regimes that focus policymaking on … Continue reading

Online Teaching Tools

LegSim - A student-run congressional simulation for HS and college students.
LegEx - A data-driven discovery tool for learning about how bills become law.

News and Talks

Identifying Media Frames and Frame Dynamics Within and Across Policy Issues
Amber Boydstun, UC-Davis
Apr 23, 1:30pm
Olson Room, Gowen Hall

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