Reforming Congress – Matthew Stephenson, Harvard University

November 2, 2021   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:14- Background
  • 1:02- Themes of Research
  • 3:15- “Democratizing the Senate from Within” work
  • 10:56- Concept of the filibuster
  • 14:46- What is the power of the minority?
  • 20:27- Congress delegating its power
  • 28:50- What is the best level of oversight?
  • 34:01- Regulations in regards to time
  • 37:16- Oversight of the regulators
  • 39:39- What are the processes by which Congress gathers and uses information?
  • 46:57- What are ways that debate can be changed to become more effective?
  • 54:20- Corruption in Congress
  • 1:02:55- Corruption concept in relation to political parties
    [Lightning Round]
  • 1:08:29- What do you think congressional representation should mean?
  • 1:12:30-How would your ideal Congress allocate its time?
  • 1:13:28- How should debate, deliberation, or dialogue occur or be structured in Congress?
  • 1:16:30 – What fundamental institutional improvement should Congress make within the next 50 years?
  • 1:17:02- What book or article most shaped your thinking with respect to congressional reform?
  • 1:17:22- Long tem plans
Stephenson-Transcript