BOSE SPEAKER SERIES: Peter Hanson, Grinnell College
Talk Title: The Endurance of Non-partisanship in House Appropriations
Hanson received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley working with Eric Schickler and his B.A. from Harvard University. He served on the staff of Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) from 1996 to 2002. His research includes rare in person interviews with congressional leaders along side extensive statistical modeling.
His book Too Weak to Govern: Majority Party Power in the U.S. Senate (Cambridge 2014) illustrates how the majority party's efforts to control the Senate floor have contributed to a breakdown in the annual budget process. In this growing era of party polarization, Hanson helps us understand how this matters for the 12 bills needed to fund the federal government's discretionary programs each year. Neither traditionalist nor revisionist views of the Senate capture the present-day reality. Instead, he develops a theory of "limited influence" to understand the major party's role in developing a budget. His work has been published in Political Research Quarterly and the American Journal of Political Science. He teaches courses in constitutional law, political institutions and the U.S. Congress.
More information about Professor Hanson's work can be found here.