The Center facilitates collaborative research into various aspects of American politics and public policy. We concentrate specifically on the study of the dynamics of the public policy process, including agenda setting, decision-making, and implementation and enforcement. A list of current and ongoing efforts is below.
- Information Processing and Agenda Setting
This project examines the agenda setting and information processing in the context of the policy process. Individual projects focus on information processing and institutional structures and the dynamics of agenda setting and policy change.
- Policy Design and Implementation
This research program seeks to draw lessons about public policy processes from studying the design and implementation of public policies. Under the direction of Professor Peter May, research projects have been carried out concerning policies addressing homeland security, public risks, regulatory issues, and social policies.
- Legislative Dynamics in Congress
This project fills an important gap in existing legislative databases by tracking all bills introduced since 1946. Bill sponsor, policy topic and other information is recorded, enabling scholars to track the changing legislative agenda.
- Ideas and Culture in American Politics
- Urban Politics and Public Policy
This research integrates notions of agenda-setting processes and multiple institutional venues with the regime perspective of urban governance to highlight the inbuilt dynamism of urban political arrangements and policymaking.