Reforming Congress – Geoff Lorenz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

March 29, 2022   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:13 – Introduction
  • 1:42 – interests and focuses in political science
  • 3:19 – About the research related to special interests and their ideologies
  • 6:18 – “How did you build the dataset?”
  • 11:17 – How is the “polarized right” more well supported than the left?
  • 13:54 – How committees set agendas
  • 17:09 – How special interests engage with committee chairmen in agenda setting and policy advancement
  • 23:06 – How chairmen consider the viability of the bill
  • 24:36 – Agenda setting in the committee
  • 28:25 – How do lobbyists engage with a committee?
  • 32:44 – Are interest groups that lack a lobbying presence operating at a disadvantage?
  • 36:43 – About congressional staff
  • 40:38 – On redistricting
    [Lightning Round]
  • 45:36 – What do you think congressional representation should mean?
  • 49:25 – How would your ideal congress allocate its time?
  • 51:30 – How should debate, deliberation, or dialogue occur or be structured within Congress?
  • 55:05 – What fundamental institutional improvements should Congress make in the next 50 years?
  • 57:54 – What book or article most shaped your thinking with respect to congressional reform?
  • 58:54 – Long term plans