Nolan McCarty, Princeton University

September 14, 2021   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:12 – Background
  • 2:07 – Areas of Research
  • 3:18 – What questions did you have surrounding the idea of polarization in Congress?
  • 9:06 – Are members in Congress less representative of their constituents today than in the past?
  • 11:05 – How does polarization affect Congress?
  • 16:04 – The roles of leadership in Congress
  • 1:46 – How do party rules on individual members affect polarization?
  • 25:24 – Game Theory
  • 31:13 – Privacy in Congress
  • 33:10 – How can game theory be applied to bills?
  • 36:50 – Bundles of rules in bills
  • 39:01 – Types of decisions made in Congress
  • 42:01 – Concept of Incentives in Congress
  • 48:19 – Are there any incentives in terms of legislation and voting behavior in Congress?
  • 54:17 – Legislative scoring and the feedback loop
    [Lightning Round]
  • 55:49 – What do you think congressional representation should mean?
  • 1:03:06 – How would your ideal Congress allocate its time?
  • 1:05:42 – How should debate, deliberation, or dialogue occur or be structured in Congress?
  • 1:08:50 – What fundamental institutional improvement should Congress make within the next 50 years?
  • 1:12:53 – What book or article most shaped your thinking with respect to congressional reform?
  • 1:15:46 – Long Term Plans

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McCarty-Transcript