Professor Michael Minta, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

September 21, 2021   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:12 – Background
  • 3:03 – Areas of Research
  • 4:12 – What questions did you have on under represented groups?
  • 7:00 – What were the findings?
  • 11:27 – Is there a difference in legislative activity by minority groups?
  • 14:17 – Membership activity among the minority
  • 18:37 – The role of special interest groups with under represented groups
  • 22:51 – Lobbying activity
  • 24:58 – How do lobbying groups provide information?
  • 27:27 – Where is the lobbying activity happening?
  • 28:29 – Redistricting
  • 34:00 – Competition within districts
  • 35:36 – Pandemic Research
    [Lightning Round]
  • 38:56 – What do you think congressional representation should mean?
  • 48:55 – How would your ideal Congress allocate its time?
  • 51:47 – How should debate, deliberation, or dialogue occur or be structured in Congress?
  • 54:00 – What fundamental institutional improvement should Congress make within the next 50 years?
  • 56:48 – What book or article most shaped your thinking with respect to congressional reform?
  • 58:19 – Sunset Provisions
  • 1:01:49 – Long term plans

Listen to the podcast version of the interview with Professor Michael Minta.

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