Reforming Congress – Bryan Jones, The University of Texas at Austin

April 5, 2022   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:13 – Introduction
  • 3:50 – About the Policy Agendas Project
  • 6:40 – Difficulty of creating this database
  • 9:12 – How is the ontology of the data maintained?
  • 10:34 – How did you apply your standards to the data? And what datasets use your standards?
  • 13:16 – What new knowledge have you uncovered from this activity?
  • 19:39 – What grabs Congress’s attention and how does direct its focus to solve problems?
  • 25:19 – What kind of problems should Congress solve?
  • 30:43 – How the sources of information that flow into Congress have changed over the years
  • 34:12 – How Congress prioritizes its activities
  • 38:19 – On oversight
  • 41:45 – Models of decision-making
  • 48:36 – On omnibus bills
  • 52:31 – Has the number of topics mentioned in a single bill increased over time?
  • 54:53 – How to measure the impact of policy
  • 59:24 – Creating measures beyond GDP
    [Lightning round]
  • 1:02:06 – What do you think congressional representation should mean?
  • 1:06:11 – How would your ideal congress allocate its time?
  • 1:08:05 – How should debate, deliberation, or dialogue occur or be structured in Congress?
  • 1:11:35 – What fundamental institutional improvement should Congress make within 50 years?
  • 1:12:08 – What book or article most shaped your thinking with respect to congressional reform?
  • 1:13:47 – Upcoming research plans
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